Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Quote of the Day, Joining the Innovation Fray

"Only 30 years ago, if you had a choice of being born a B student in Boston or a genius in Bangalore or Beijing, you probably would have chosen Boston, because a genius in Beijing or Bangalore could not really take advantage of his or her talent. They could not plug and play globally. Not anymore. Not when the world is flat, and anyone with smarts, access to Google and a cheap wireless laptop can join the innovation fray."

~ Thomas Friedman, from "The World is Flat"

2 Comments:

At 1/17/2007 1:13 AM, Anonymous Kimberly Gleason said...

I believe that technology has a large impact on democratization. The internet would have arguably "liberated" the Soviet Union long before 1989 had it been widely available. I see the same phenomenon now, with blogging and messenger as instruments of social change in Iran.

 
At 1/17/2007 9:55 PM, Anonymous Student said...

Why isn't the Internet liberating Russia now? They are even thinking about censoring the contents (just like China), because it certainly has an impact. However, I think it is more about the spread of the recognized and protected private property rights and lessening the government control that can start the liberation.

 

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