World Is Flat Part 1 Analysis

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Tucker Blackwell World is Flat Part 1 1. The author compares his journey to that of Christopher Columbus because he said that he had a journey of exploration. Some similarities were the fact that they were both looking for materials, they both encountered Indians and they both were on the hunt for Indian riches. The differences were that they each took a different direction to get there and Columbus believed the world to be flat where as Thomas L. Friedman believed it to be round. Friedman used a GPS to get there where as Columbus did not, which lead him to be lost. Friedman was looking for software, brain power, complex algorithms, knowledge workers call centers, etc. Columbus was looking for hardware including precious metals, silks and spices. Lastly, Friedman had a small crew and Columbus’s was rather large. 2. The playing field being flattened means that the global…show more content…
“Being the average guy,” according to Bill Gates, means that you have a chance of thriving and living a decent life, even with an average talent level. While you might have a chance as a college student, foreign kids also want to go to universities in the United States. 11. “The great sorting out” is the inescapable march of technology and capital to remove all barriers, boundaries, frictions, and restraints to global commerce. 12. It’s becoming hard to assign companies to one’s home country due to globalization. Most companies these days are world wide, with a possibility of having multiple hearths. This serves as a challenge because roughly 1/3 of global trade is within the multinational companies. For example, China generates more than 21% of U.S. economic output and employs 3/5s of all manufacture’s employees (about 1 million). Also, China produces 56% of U.S. exports. 13. Between Walmart & Costco’s approach, I believe that Costco’s is better. Their policies benefit their employees and the wait for health care eligibility amongst the staff is much
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