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The World is Flat: The Globalized World in the Twenty-first Century [Anglais] [Broché]

Thomas L. Friedman

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4 avril 2006
The beginning of the twenty-first century will be remembered, Friedman argues, not for military conflicts or political events, but for a whole new age of globalization - a 'flattening' of the world. The explosion of advanced technologies now means that suddenly knowledge pools and resources have connected all over the planet, levelling the playing field as never before, so that each of us is potentially an equal - and competitor - of the other. The rules of the game have changed forever - but does this 'death of distance', which requires us all to run faster in order to stay in the same place, mean the world has got too small and too flat too fast for us to adjust? Friedman brilliantly demystifies the exciting, often bewildering, global scene unfolding before our eyes, one which we sense but barely yet understand. The World is Flat is the most timely and essential update on globalization, its successes and its discontents, powerfully illuminated by a world-class writer. In his new chapters: 'If It's Not Happening, It's Because You're Not Doing It' and 'What Happens When We All Have Dog's Hearing?' the author explores both the benefits and disadvantages of the very latest developments in global communication. The emergent popularity of blogging, pod-casting, YouTube and MySpace enable the modern world citizen to broadcast their views to a potential audience of billions, and the proliferation of Internet access to even the poorest communities gives everyone who wants to the tools to address issues of social injustice and inequality. On the other hand the technology that seems to improve communication on a global scale causes it to deteriorate on a local scale. Identifying ours as 'The Age of Interruption', Friedman discusses the annoyance and dangers of BlackBerrys in meeting rooms, hands-free kits in conversation and using a phone or iPod whilst driving. In an age when we are always 'connected' via email or mobile phone how can we hope to concentrate on one thing without interruption? As expected the author has revitalised this new edition of The World Is Flat with timely insights into the nature of our flat world.
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Thomas Friedman has won the Pulitzer Prize three times for his work at The New York Times. He is the author of two best-selling books, From Beirut to Jerusalem, and The Lexus and the Olive Tree. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .

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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Long winded 3 avril 2008
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Friedman's points are well taken. Globalization has taken over the world and it is interesting how much more connected the world is today.

My problem with this book is that Friedman doesn't make his points succinctly. After reading to page 300, I see no reason why this book should be as long as it is. Friedman's long windedness causes him to use 500 words when 50 would be appropriate.

For this reason, I lost interest and abandoned this book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Winning in a new era 24 septembre 2006
Par Ilya Grigorik - Publié sur
Perhaps it was not meant as one, but I found this book to be great source of inspiration and motivation. As a graduating computer science student I could identify with many sociological and technological trends identified and discussed by Thomas Friedman.

From the impact of the 'digital convergence' (internet, primarily) in our recent years which has fueled great 'horizontal collaboration' and emergence of 'Web 2.0' to the shortfalls of our educational systems and rise of China and India - all of these factors are working together in intricate ways to reshape our world. It's a book meant to be read with an open mind and fair dose of introspection. The era of the knowledge worker is passing and we need to re-brand ourselves to succeed; in many ways it's harder because of the greater competition, but in many ways it can also be far more rewarding if we position ourselves correctly.

I've recommended this book to a number of my classmates and received positive feedback from everyone that picked it up. It's a rewarding read and well worth the time. "A Whole New Mind" by Daniel Pink and Chris Anderson's "The Long Tail" complement this book well, all building on the same observations. Whether you're on the brink of joining the workforce like myself, or looking into advancing your career, these are indispensable resources.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Amazing Discovery 11 juillet 2014
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Amazing discovery by Friedman. It was absolutely profound the way he defined the world as flat based on new technology.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Stay inform of developing technology and Middle Eastern culture 2 octobre 2012
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This book was ahead of its times when it first was published and it also gave me a good feel for Middle Eastern culture. Great for those wanting to learn more about the Middle East and why they are how they are.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Why The World Is Shrinking And Why That Is A Good Thing 28 avril 2008
Par Joao Cortez - Publié sur
With information moving at the speed of light and a huge transportation network connecting virtually any dots in the planet, Thomas Friedman provides a clever insight into globalization. In short it means that a service or a product should be produced wherever it's most efficient that the whole world benefits from that. Of course, there are some adjustments necessary as this puts a lot of forces and pressures for capital, market and job shifts. One caveat though - and not explored in the book - is that globalization of products relies on a cheap source of transportation energy. With oil prices climbing really fast, either a competitive alternative is found, or the globalization of products may be compromised. Highly recommended for the insight and entertainment of thought.
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