Flat, but spiky.

Canadian Press reviews Richard Florida, “Who’s your city?”


Above: The Canadian Press, one of the cutest/best marks ever?

The latest from Prof. Florida, author of The Rise of the Creative Class. Reviewed here by The Canadian Press, this is an exciting interpretation of contemporary globalization phenomena.

Pointing to so called “megaregions” (Greater Tokyo and London, the Boston-Washington Corridor) as the true foci of both global economy and ideas, Florida argues that Friedman’s “flat world economy” is indeed flat, but spiky – around these megaregions.

In a sense, this perspective seems a much more “real-time” look at globalization, and especially interesting in the context of new or emerging global foci – as well as an interesting twist, if you care to make the following projection, of looking at social networks as meta-cities.

How long before we start identifying more with our online community as a political base, estranging ourselves completley from local and preferring a “connected” status? What of people living and working outside of these megaregions, will the internet still “let them in?” Could they flex both economic and political muscle?

Is there a difference?

If it was ever anything but, modern politics seem a sideshow to truly practical and real-time economic forces acting on the world today.

Follow this link to more info on Florida at the Creative Class Group.

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