Have a look at the wikisummary of Thomas L. Friedman’s The World is Flat

Then, read Richard Florida’s article The world is Spiky

Answer the following Questions:

  1. What is Florida’s view of globalization? How does it differ from Friedman’s?
  2. What would Florida have to say about the shortcomings of the KOF Index?
  3. Explain the following statement: “The world today looks flat to some because the economic and social distances between peaks worldwide have gotten smaller.” What does this mean for people living in “valley” areas?
  4. What would Florida say to someone believing new technologies and transport can level the “spikes”?
  5. What is your opinion of Florida’s argument? Give specific examples.
Type your answers, 1 page maximum.
Due: Thursday March 22