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Anth115 Midterm Reading Study Guide 1. What are some of the pros and cons of globalization as it is described in the first paragraph? (English-Lueck, Introduction) Pros o e-fares for most economical package, opportunities found in China, inexpensive fare, ability to surf Hong Kong International Airport website to recognize SARS, understand security, and take a virtual tour of airport Cons o SARS, Avian flue, homeless/displaced people from different parts of Asia 2. What does Friedman mean when he says “the world is flat?” What factors contributed to the flattening? (It’s a Flt World, Thomas Freidman) What Friedman means by “the world is flat” is that globalization has made all parts of the world the same. Globalization has lead to the spreading of things, ideas, and so forth meaning that the worlds views are more aligned than they once were. Factors that contributed to the flattening (10 events) o Nov. 9, 1989- the day the Berlin wall came down Allowed us to think of the world as a single space The wall went down just as the windows went up—the breakthrough of Microsoft Windows 3.0 operation system o Aug 9, 1995- the day Netscape went public Brought the Internet alive Netscape stock offering triggered the dotcom boom, which caused the dotcom bubble o People- to –people connectivity/ Application- To- application connectivity India benefited the most because now they could connect to the rest of the world and earn higher wages People all over the world could work together in manipulating and shaping the world o Outsourcing Work could be digitized, disaggregated and shifted to any place in the world o Offshoring o Open-sourcing Working together collaborating together online and working for free o Insourcing Letting a company like UPS come inside my company and take over my whole logistics operation o Supply- chaining Create global supply chain down to the last atom of efficiency so that if I sell an item in Arkansas, another is immediately made in China o Informing Search engines- allow anyone to collaborate with, and mine, unlimited data all by themselves o The Steroids Wireless access and voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) Turbo charge all these new forms of collaboration, so you can now do any one of them, from anywhere, with any device
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3. Who is Friedman’s audience? Does he have an agenda? If so, what is it? (It’s a Flt World, Thomas Freidman) Friedman’s audience is those of the world. His agenda is to have people understand that the world has changed dramatically. It is no longer a world where it takes great time to connect with someone on the other side of the world. The different parts of the world can now merge together and connect instantly.
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