Posted by: Tobias | January 19, 2009

Flat N All That

Matt Taibbi smashing Thomas Friedman’s climate change book ‘Hot, Flat and Crowded’, hilarious throughout:

Approach-and-rhetoric wise, however, it’s the same old Friedman, a tireless social scientist whose research methods mainly include lunching, reading road signs, and watching people board airplanes.

Like The World is Flat, a book borne of Friedman’s stirring experience of seeing IBM sign in the distance while golfing in Bangalore, Hot,Flat and Crowded is a book whose great insights come when Friedman golfs (on global warming allowing him more winter golf days:“I will still take advantage of it—but I no longer think of it as something I got for free”), looks at Burger King signs (upon seeing a “nightmarish neon blur” of KFC, BK and McDonald’s signs in Texas, he realizes: “We’re on a fool’s errand”), and reads bumper stickers (the “Osama Loves your SUV” sticker he read turns into the thesis of his “Fill ‘er up with Dictators” chapter). This is Friedman’s life: He flies around the world, eats pricey lunches with other rich people and draws conclusions about the future of humanity by looking out his hotel window and counting the Applebee’s signs.

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Responses

  1. What do you think about the book? Did you read it?

  2. No, I haven’t read it nor am I planning on doing so. Just posted this because I think Taibbi’s style is hilarious and every time I read a Friedman Op-Ed now, I have to snicker at the metaphors.


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