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At the poolside

26 September, 2008

At the pool, Lincoln Lodge apartments, Singapore

Around 2 pm, 21 September. Woman, German, temporary professional worker, mid-twenties, reads Thomas Friedman’s The World is Flat in English.

Around 4 pm, 25 September. Woman, Mongolian, model, early twenties, reads Thomas Friedman’s The World is Flat in Mongolian.

So the world is flat, dammit!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 1 October, 2008 11:35 pm

    Hilarious, TTD!

  2. concerned citizen permalink
    10 October, 2008 5:35 pm

    I would like to recommend a small, but interesting book, by Aronica and Ramdoo, “The World is Flat? A Critical Analysis of Thomas Friedman’s New York Times Bestseller,” which offers a counterperspective to Friedman’s theory on globalization.

    Interestingly enough, the book written about two years back, discusses in the chapter, “Debt and Financialization of America,” the debt ridden American society, deregulated financial institutions, mortgage crisis and other related issues, with clear pointers to the economic crisis gripping US today.

    It is a small book compared to the 600 page tome by Friedman, and aimed at the common man and students alike. As popular as the book may be, some reviewers assert that by what it leaves out, Friedman’s book is dangerous. The authors point to the fact that there isn’t a single table or data footnote in Friedman’s entire book.

    “Globalization is the greatest reorganization of the world since the Industrial Revolution,” says Aronica.

    You may want to see http://www.mkpress.com/flat
    and watch http://www.mkpress.com/flatoverview.html
    for an interesting counterperspective on Friedman’s
    “The World is Flat”.

    Also a really interesting 6 min wake-up call: Shift Happens! http://www.mkpress.com/ShiftExtreme.html

    There is also a companion book listed: Extreme Competition: Innovation and the Great 21st Century Business Reformation
    http://www.mkpress.com/extreme
    http://www.mkpress.com/Extreme11minWMV.html

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