The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st C.

Section 1, Lectures 1 – 6; Section 2, Lectures 1 – 4 and Thomas Friedman’s text (2007), The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st C [3.0] Chap 1 through Chapter 8, pg. 348. In this course material, there are some views of the process and impact of globalization that are in agreement between lecture and Friedman’s book, and others where differing view points are explored.  In Section 2, Lecture 1, pg. 16 Taken from several sources, I wrote that “..advocates of population control share a concern for mass migration of the poor to their countries as well as for social unrest that could upset economic and political stability in the countries of the periphery.” After considering the materials you have read so far in this course, (listed above), address the following questions in your essay exam: In his book, Thomas Friedman discusses and analyzes what he calls “10 flatteners” and a ‘triple convergence’ that are, in his opinion, central aspects of the process of globalization in the 21st C. 1. From your reading so far, list the global “10 flatteners” that he presents. Identify what a “flattener” and a ‘triple convergence’ actually are according to Friedman. Briefly, how does he define the process of each? 2. Explain how Friedman portrays (through his own writing and other people’s views that he includes in support of his position) the impact of the ‘flattening of the world’ on the global movements of people (emigration, legal and illegal immigration) to America and Western Europe. 3. Compare and contrast his position, and others that he includes, with the views reflected in the lectures you have read so far. (See pg. 2)  – 2 – As you write your essay, do not argue from emotion. Identify and evaluate your position and statements based on the materials you have read so far. And, keep in mind that this is not a place to argue your personal views on politics, history, or economics. Use your reading materials to validate your arguments. Again, be specific.

The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st C



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