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Thursday, June 30, 2005

The World Is Flat

Last night my pastor and I hung out at Starbucks for a few hours just talking. He mentioned to me a book that he was reading called The World Is Flat by NY Times columinst Thomas L. Friedman. From his comments it sounds like an interesting read. Because of the .com bust (among other things) and all the fiberoptic cables and digital and satallite communication that were being installed because of this trend, the world now has become more globalized than ever. The playing field is leveled making international trade and in/outsourcing easier but has been al-Qaeda's friend in solidifying a violent Muslim identity via the internet and satellite television. Those looking forward to a planet of Wal-Marts and Dells will be charmed. Those who do not, well, welcome to the postmodern flat world.