The World is Flat - MIS

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If you would like to hear his speech about the book you can find it at the following link. The video is 48 minutes long. Below is a summary/review of the book. The World Is Flat’ Book Summary and Review May 2, 2008 · 3 Comments Introduction First, a Disclaimer: I didn’t READ The World Is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman. I LISTENED to it in audio book format . That said, my concept of chapter divisions won’t be the same as everyone who read the words. Let me also say that I loved it! The author brings together a number of seemingly disparate concepts and technologies and makes them one big continuous, homogeneous whole. It was a great ride! That said, there are some hand-written notes inside the front cover of my book. They aren’t my notes, but I’ll share one of the best here: Teach the 4Es instead of the 3Rs 1) Expose Knowledge 2) Employ Information 3) Express Ideas Compellingly 4) Engage in Ethical Practices Isn’t that a great list? I’ve been saying we teach the 4Rs for a while – Reading, wRiting, aRithmetic, and computeRs, but I like this list better. Chapters One – Four The world got flattened. Now, everyone can compete with everyone else. Natural talent now trumps geography. I loved his comparisons of important dates like 9/11 and 11/9 although I think that is in a later chapter. It really brings home the disparity. And the metaphors used are equally fantastic. The title of the book alone is very intriguing. The first flattener is about walls and windows. What brilliance! I’m sorry, but there’s a creative writer in me that’s just loving this! His list of flatteners could probably have been tweaked a little. I’m sure that the actual number is
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not 10 and that the particular 10 he included are certainly important but are not necessarily the most important. In short, he’s using literary techniques to list 10 of the most important so that they are easier to remember and have a sense of finality since we’re only counting up to 10. Of particular interest to me is the information about Netscape. Now, being in a computer field I already knew about Netscape and the browser wars. It’s a kind of fascinating thing to follow. But I was not aware of the particulars with regard to business that Friedman points out. He connected a lot of dots and pulled in a lot of loose strings here. All in all, the 10 flateners were impressive. Advances in software, collaboration, communication, and more. It’s a breathtaking list and, somehow, they all fit together. I wonder if the contents of this book are essential parts of the minds of the great business companies and it took Friedman to put that into words? I remember a year or so back hearing about some fantastic new book stating that nature employs fractal patterns that can be reproduced with computers. Breathtaking? Not really. Those in the sciences had known this for years. It took this writer writing about it to bring it to the knowledge of the general public. And they RAN with it! Only after reporters started
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This note was uploaded on 08/30/2011 for the course MIS 3305 taught by Professor Trower during the Fall '08 term at Baylor.

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