Now let’s say that the steroids speed things up by a factor of two. It could be any number, but let’s be conservative and say two. The whole point of the book is to describe the journey from Globalization (Friedman’s first bestselling book) to Globalization (his current bestselling book). To get from to , you take 10 flatteners, and you have them converge—let’s say this means squaring them, because that seems to be the idea—three times. By now, the flattening factor is about a thousand. Add a few steroids in there, and we’re dealing with a flattening factor somewhere in the several thousands at any given page of the book. We’re talking about a metaphor that mathematically adds up to a four-digit number. If you’re like me, you’re already lost by the time Friedman starts adding to this numerical jumble his very special qualitative descriptive imagery. For instance:
Whether he’s in Boston, Bangalore or Beijing, Friedman asks brilliant questions of everyone he encounters. The lessons he distills from their responses brings a new perspective to the ways in which everyone from CEOs, to religious radicals, to entrepreneurs and garden-variety consumers, are all creating ripples in their own particular ways. Regardless of what your political beliefs may be, or where you may think you fit into the overall equation, Friedman shows us that we all have an undeniable stake in globalization. There’s simply no escaping it: the world is getting flatter every day.
Stephen Nguyen: India has a large amount of “techies” or students with advanced technological knowledge from India’s ITTs, private technological colleges, and computer schools. India has decided to revolutionize and use a prior disadvantage of a large population to an advantage. The uneducated populace becomes a strong, educated workforce especially in the technological field. India has benefited from the fiber optic boom and was able to connect. The fiber optic bust made businesses turn to India for its cheap wages, but the efficiency is most important to clients. This problem was solved due to India’s large educated workforce. India is very specialized so busts in the industries could take a larger toll on India than a more diverse country.