What Thomas Friedman means when he says “The world is flat.”

On YouTube we can find a lot of useful clips which add information to what we discuss in class. The title of Friedman’s book “The World is Flat” seems to be confusing at first glance. Several interpretations apply. Listen to what the author has to say in this video. What do you think of what he says?

Comments on YouTube more often than not are rarely useful, but sometimes they are. This one contains a reference which is recommendable: Naomi Klein’s book “The Shock Doctrine”.

It’s scary and it’s cruel. Read the “Shock Doctrine” by Naoimi Klein for the whole truth.

What do you thinkĀ  is “scary” and “cruel” in what Friedman says? Think of the text “The Need for a new Middle” which we had as a class test. If you want to find out about Naomi Klein’s “The Shock Doctrine” use this link. See also this earlier post on this site.

The next comment shows a somewhat stronger point of view:

So Friedman’s message is ‘If you don’t do it first, someone will do it to you.’ No wonder that neocon is an apologist for imperialist wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Yet, he is predictably enraged when other entities have the audacity to undertake the very behaviour he advocates. That’s quite the double-standard, but not a surprising one for a neocon.


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