Gary Stager has expressed his wonderful disregard for the ubiquitous "flat world" concept in this response. We all know the premise of Friedman's "The World is Flat" by now, particularly if you have had a recent computer issue solved by an eloquent person from Bangalore. It is interesting to see someone actually step back from it for a second and question it.
It is always interesting how the human mind, that desperately wants to make sense of the world around it, will grab on to ideas that "feel right". This sort of relates to the earlier "freaky" post. I am not sure who is more correct, Gary or Tom, but I like the fact that Gary is making me think.
All the best.