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June 24, 2008

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Fred

The world is "flat" in the sense that globalization has leveled the competitive playing fields between industrial and emerging market countries. In Friedman's opinion, this flattening is a product of a convergence of personal computer with high-speed Internet with the rise of work flow software. In another word, if you can do programming and have internet access, your skill can be offered to anyone in the world. On the other hand, most of the econmics (let alone culture, social and political) stay "local" so "globalization" has its limitation. The fact that telecommunication revolution enable a glbal audiance to your blog (judging by the FEEDJIT) means the world is "flatter" than it used to be. There is an anti-flattening trend (anti-globalization) going on due to excessive transportation cost on shipping goods (Thanks to high oil price !!) But telecom cost is going to go down further as more people conduct meeting over the net to save travel cost, the higher the volumne the lower the unit cost until it become "free". I like to use the example of "Skype" in the "flat" concept, the cost to call my neighbor is the same as the cost to call Moscow, Taipei or Beijin!

Tze-Chien Chu

Well.Communication happen on the Same Language/Same Culture bases. I know the power of communication and I totally agree it. But without mutual understanding and openess communication cannot take you very far.

Fred

Language and communication channels are just the tools. The incentive for globalization is money. Mathematics is the common language for every culture. Some cultures may be better than other for counting their dollars and cents but people do understand how to make a living from trade. Wars were waged mostly due to economic and ideology. It is not due communication failure but human greed for the wealth and power of his neighbors.

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