Thomas Friedman at Proctors

nyt columnist thomas friedman

Thomas Friedman will be at Proctors February 9 for a talk titled "The Big Trends Shaping the World Today: Economics, Technology and Geopolitics." Tickets go on sale this Friday, November 4 -- they're $35 and up.

Friedman is, of course, the New York Times columnist and three-time Pulitzer winner who's written a bunch of books about globalization and related issues, such as The World is Flat (which sold 2 million copies), That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back, and the upcoming Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations.

He occupies this weird position both as a standard bearer of the thinkfluencer industrial complex and someone who is frequently mocked for repackaging random anecdotes as wisdom, or for just being wrong.

Also, he visited the GE Global Research Center a few years back and somehow didn't end up sharing a Niskayuna cab driver story in his column about it.

Comments

We don't need the billionaire, almost-always-wrong Friedman to lecture us about anything.

Twenty years ago, he was pretty good when he confined himself to things he knows about.....his knowledge is pretty much confined to israel and its enemies.

When he strays outside that field, which is most of the time, he is just another overpaid ignoramus.

He's a shill.

Friedman is such a clown. Amazing that anyone would pay to hear his
blabbering.

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