In this article "Average Is Over," Thomas Friedman argues that being average in America won't get you very far in more due to globalization and advances in technology. His argument counters an argument made in The Atlantic titled "Making it in America" by Adam Davidson that today's employment slump is due to the current recession.
Although a short article, I think Friedman's point is simple and well made. He cites two reasons for the current unemployment rate--globalization and technology--and gives one example for each as to why they are driving unemployment. He ends the article with unemployment statistics for different education levels, showing that more education equals less unemployment, and offers a solution: "some sort of G.I. Bill" that would give every American access to higher education because being "average" is no longer suitable here.