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shailajapagar | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 19, 2012 at 11:41 PM via web

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"World is Flat" Whats your opinion?

i would like to discuss about the satement of Friedman "world is Flat" whats your opinion about this satement.is really world is Flat?

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scorpio37 | Student, Grade 9 | Salutatorian

Posted February 19, 2012 at 11:59 PM (Answer #2)

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Obviously NOT!!

Best proof:
Astronauts and satellites have seen the earth is round.

And FORENUNATELY NOT!!!
Cz if it was flat, gravity would still work because gravity is only dependent on the mass of the object and the distance between us and it (the further we are from earth, the less gravity affects us). The only thing would be that the earth would have to be extremely thick in order to keep the same mass it has now, assuming the earth's density is the same. Smaller factors would also include variations in gravity because of it's new, flat shape.
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here u go:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHg5SJYRHA0 
a perfect explanation!!

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 20, 2012 at 12:19 AM (Answer #3)

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This is not literal. When we say the world is flat, we really mean that everything one country does affects all of the others. The countries are interconnected. It is describing globalization, and how trade has interconnected all of us.
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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 20, 2012 at 1:28 AM (Answer #4)

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Yes and no.  Obviously, the world is becoming much more flat because of technology.  This is why China has become a world economic power.  It is why India is rising, though India still has not gotten near to China's degree of development.  But it is still not completely flat.  This is because many countries, particularly in Africa, are not able to compete in any of the ways that China and India are.  So the world is flatter, but it's not yet flat.

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vangoghfan | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 20, 2012 at 1:48 AM (Answer #5)

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As usual, pohnpei makes good points.  The world is not completely "flat" yet, but it definitely seems to be moving in that direction -- or at least toward getting flatter.  Economies such as Brazil's are beginning to show real strength, and there has also been some good progress in Africa. The most remarkable change of all has been the evolution of China, which, fifty years ago, was an economic basket case.

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enotechris | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted February 20, 2012 at 3:24 AM (Answer #6)

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As other posts have hinted, the term really means that various countries have joined in the world market.  Prior to World War II (and for much of the Cold War afterward) there were large sections of the world, notably China and the Soviet Union, which did not trade with the rest of the world.   Now that they are, the economic advantages of all parties involved in trading are being realized.

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pacorz | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted February 20, 2012 at 4:43 AM (Answer #7)

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Obviously NOT!!

Best proof:
Astronauts and satellites have seen the earth is round.

And FORENUNATELY NOT!!!
Cz if it was flat, gravity would still work because gravity is only dependent on the mass of the object and the distance between us and it (the further we are from earth, the less gravity affects us). The only thing would be that the earth would have to be extremely thick in order to keep the same mass it has now, assuming the earth's density is the same. Smaller factors would also include variations in gravity because of it's new, flat shape.
&
here u go:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHg5SJYRHA0 
a perfect explanation!!

She is asking about the book titled "The World is Flat", which is about the global economy.

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pacorz | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted February 20, 2012 at 4:47 AM (Answer #8)

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I think the world is not nearly as flat as Friedman would like to have us believe. While the economies of countries are interrelated, the average standard of living varies so much from one country to the next that there's just no comparison. One of the main reasons that manufacturing jobs have moved away from countries like the US and into countries like China and Mexico is that the standard of living in those countries is so low that workers are willing to to work very cheaply and under brutal conditions in order to have a job. If the world were "flat", their standard of living would be rising, and that is not happening at anywhere near the rate that the jobs are moving.

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