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20 January 2013 Untouchable This is a summary of “The Untouchables” is a section from The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty First Century written by Thomas Friedman. In this excerpt Friedman explains how everyone should strive to be “untouchable” in todays society. This is ironic because untouchables in India’s caste system are people with very little respect, but how Friedman puts it they are people with jobs that can not be outsourced or become digitized. Due to globalization Americans as “individuals will have to work a little harder and run a little faster to keep our standard of living rising.” We have to stop the globalization of industries and begin globalizing individuals because we ave to think globally to survive. Self awareness has been created by the ability to move work around to other countries people now realize they have to be able to have the skills and be able to compete in order to survive in today’s work world. Americans can not be mediocre at their job and get by anymore. A start would be striving to be the best and staying passionate about whatever that person does for a living. Friedman believes that the world is becoming flat due to jobs being outsourced all over the world. Jobs will go to the cheapest most productive worker wherever they may be. The companies that will survive in this new flat world are changing their model of work in order to compete world wide. Students need to reorient what they learn in school to change it to make it useful to them. They need new level of skills, mental flexibility, motivation, and psychological mobility. A majority of service jobs are now being done by computers or machines and other jobs simply are not needed anymore in this technological era. Friedman explains goods and services are becoming tradable at a very fast rate and the “key to thriving is…...

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