Posted by: Gregg | February 7, 2007

The Moustache of Understanding

The class on globalization went stunningly. It was an interesting topic presented well – our prof did an excellent job of splitting the information into lecture, group work, handouts, and multimedia, so things never got boring. Whenever I go to a class, I tend to sit in front and to the teacher’s left – this is because I am deaf in my left ear and want to be in a good place to hear everything. Glad I did, because the prof has a thin voice that didn’t carry well.

We got a crash course on globalization, culminating in a tape of Thomas Friedman, the columnist from the New York Times (the subject line above refers to the term that the political blogger Atrios uses for Friedman.) I myself was not to fond of Friedman, who is a Times columnist has been far, far too soft regarding President Bush’s adventures in the Middle East, but after watching the man speak I do admit he knows his globalization. I may have to break down and read his latest book. Just don’t tell anybody.

This week has been a brief respite until I journey to Emporia again this weekend for yet another class. Yes, I’m tired.

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Responses

  1. Ew, Thomas Friedman. Okay, the man may know his globalization, but he’s still icky. Anyone that can release a bestseller in hardcover (The World is Flat), then add some pointless “updating” and re-release it a year later, again in hardcover and for $3 more, has quite simply sold his sold to the devil. Who wouldn’t like globalization if you could hook that up? Sorry, I just feel the need to heckle Thomas Friedman whenever I see his name in print.

  2. I’m right there with you with the ick factor, to be honest. I also hate the way the man speaks – I’ve seen him on “Meet the Press” and in the video in class, which was a presentation to a group of MIT students, and he always speaks as if he’s addressing a first grade class. A droning, lecturing tone with two tablespoons of condescension thrown in.

    I hope he doesn’t write like he talks. I won’t be able to bear 300 pages of that.


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