Is the world Flat?


In ancient times, research had it that the world is round. However, according to Friedman, the world is flat. This does not necessarily mean that the world is flat geographically. It refers to operational flatness. This essay, however, aims at arguing against opinion of world being flat. Different reasons are well elaborate as to why the world is not flat.

It commences by the spread of computers. These computers are cheap. This follows an abrupt emergence of e-mail composed software and relevant search engines. Moreover, software that is capable of dispersing information to different and distant geographic locations is developed. Information becomes easily and cheaply accessible globally. According to Friedman, all these bring to reality the opinion that the world is flat.

Friedman argues in support of the world being flat. He uses three eras of globalization. The first level of globalization revolves between year 1492 and 1800, where it changes from large to medium sizes. The second one follows. It ranges between 1800 and 2000. Here, globalization advances once more from medium to small size. The third one begins in the year 2000.

            Because of these events, Friedman uses definite explanations that supported flatness of the world. Ideally, the fall of the Berlin wall brought about a vital idea of taking the world to be flat and single-spaced. In addition, introduction of Microsoft Windows 3.0 Operating system assumes to have helped make flat the chance of creating a universal global computer interface. This interconnects people globally. As if to give some significance approval of Friedman’s view that the world was going flat, this happens after approximately six months after the fall of the Berlin wall.                 

            Friedman continues to site the Netscape. Publicizing Netscape made the internet into real existence and performance. For example, it gave a browser that would display information stored on web sites. It also enabled the browser to display images. Besides that, Netscape also acted catalyzed the rumble of dot-com, which successively enabled investment of fiber-optic cable necessary for telecommunication.

            People from nations within poor economic status had hard time accessing technology within their locality. Specifically, Indians who were productive suffered brain drain by the Western Countries. In this case, it was appropriate since an Indian citizen could access the world from home. India had had a free ride. Communication is easily and cheaply accessible. People engaged in businesses. Existence of businesses characterized by free market meant that commodities and tool becomes cheaper. Friedman then considers the world flat.

Yes. People who belong to underdeveloped and poor countries will acquire useful information. Ideally, according to Ghemawat, the idea that the world is round was still dominant. The statement that the world is flat is an exaggeration. Supposedly, stating the world is round could be because of emotions. Friedman’s proposal that the world is growing immensely flat desires that there be molding different characteristic of people.

            Considering two different nations within different initial economic background, richer countries have different levels of linkages that poorer ones. For example, a country in the West, which links to a country in the Asian continent, always has different rating. That means that in case of a business transaction, the inter-linkages going on within the boundaries of western country’s boarders are more.     

            According to Friedman’s message in the articles of the world being flat, global investors consider the international boarders less important. In addition, communication has become cheaper. This means that it is easier to make calls or surf via interne for costs close to nil. However, under the interest of national defense, some countries tend to institute certain barriers. These barriers may make the whole process of internationalization irrelevant. This is clear that restrictions expected done away with are still significant.

            Boundaries that separate nations geographically are very persistent. These boundaries extend towards cyberspaces. Dually, unwanted web traffic is easily experienced. Web traffic causes hitches within countries and even more within these countries. This disapproves and disappoints confidence manifested in Friedman based on presence of internetwork making direct transfiguration of economy. For example, someone who makes online transactions is expects to suffer from network problems. This means that there is a probability of this person spending so much time while waiting for connections to go through.

Different search engines support different languages. This does not necessarily mean that they support all the languages globally. For example, Google search engine is one of the most developed and functional search engines globally. However, its operation in Russia is very discouraging. It rates around twenty-eight percent of the market. When compared to domestic search engines this is lower. Despite the invention of globally endorsed search engines, they do not serve the purpose equally throughout the universe. There exists a performance gap.

Dream of making the world flat is fantastic. The steps taken to try to acquire a flat world where the poor and the rich can get the same product are also good. However, it is actually an issue with many constraints behind it. The different economic status between different countries and therefore different technological base could cause dragging while trying to acquire a flat world. Moreover, some countries may fail to enjoy full service from some of these services like Google search engines. This means that the world can never be flat.


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