The World is Flat

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  • Not controlled by government or corporationsMost academics consider Wikipedia the enemy and so forbid their students from using Wikipedia for research. But here’s a secret that they don’t want you to know—we all use Wikipedia, including those academics.There’s a reason that the Wikipedia entry normally comes in at the top of a Google search. Google relies heavily on inbound links to rank a site, and Wikipedia is one of the most commonly linked sites on the Internet. Here’s another secret—Wikipedia is vetted by volunteer academics. Wikipedia’s motto is “no original thought,” meaning that everything must be cited, and uncited material is quickly removed. In fact, studies have shown the Wikipedia is about as accurate as Britannica.
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  • The World is Flat

    1. 1. The World Is Flat<br />
    2. 2. Before Columbus<br />The world is viewed as much smaller than it really is.<br />
    3. 3. The world is round (1492-1989)<br />The world becomes larger. Much larger!<br />
    4. 4. The world starts shrinking<br />1492 – 1800: Globalization 1.0<br />Countries globalize<br />1800 – 1990: Globalization 2.0 <br />Companies globalize<br />1990 + : Globalization 3.0<br />Individuals collaborate and compete<br />
    5. 5. Starting in 1989, a series of events allowed the Earth to become flat … again. These events are called flatteners.<br />
    6. 6. Put the events in order<br />
    7. 7. 1st Flattener<br />
    8. 8. 1A<br />November, 1989<br />Fall of the Berlin Wall <br />End of the Cold War<br />Terminology: “global” vs. “international”<br />
    9. 9. 1B<br />May, 1990<br />Release of Windows 3.0<br />Individuals became authors of digital content<br />
    10. 10. 2nd Flattener<br />
    11. 11. 2A<br />August, 1991<br />Tim Berners-Lee created the Word Wide Web and posted the first web site.<br />The WWW made the Internet useful.<br />
    12. 12. 2B<br />August, 1995<br />Netscape introduced the first mainstream Web browser. It made the Internet accessible and eliminated distance, thus shrinking and flattening the world.<br />
    13. 13. 3rd Flattener<br />
    14. 14. 3<br />Standards:<br />HTTP<br />HTML<br />XML<br />AJAX<br />Individuals can now collaborate on projects.<br />
    15. 15. 4th Flattener<br />
    16. 16. 4<br />Community-uploaded content<br />2005<br />2003<br />2001<br />
    17. 17.
    18. 18. 9th Flattener<br />
    19. 19. 9<br />1998<br />Larry Paige and Sergei Brin created the search engine that was a little better than others…<br />10,000,000 searches per hour!<br />
    20. 20. 10th Flattener<br />
    21. 21. 10<br />The steroids:<br />speed<br />graphics<br />mobility<br />
    22. 22. The World is Flat<br />Release 3.0<br />by Thomas Friedman<br />Picador<br />© 2007<br />

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