Leaving the Information Age | Joe Andrieu
Nice thoughtful read for the weekend. Joe talks about, and provides examples of how we are moving to new age, beyond the Information Age.
We move from one great age to another when, as a Society, we let go of the trappings of the previous age and begin to define ourselves in new terms, absent the defining elements of yesteryear. We no longer think of ourselves as farmers or factory workers… the Information Age has knowledge workers, and we largely define ourselves by the information accessories in our lifestyle: our iPod, our MySpace page, our blog, when in previous ages it may have been our car, our company, or our home town, livestock or crop.
No-one ever asks are you online, whereas, 10 years ago that was a common question. No-one asks a business if they have a web site; they simply must.
Joe leaves it open as to what age we are moving towards, but suggests the clues like in information overload. O’Reilly Radar, suggests an expertise age, and readers largely debunk that view. Wikipedia defines the information age as one where information had value through scarcity. Information is no longer scarce, and is broadly speaking, free and transparent. We each seek ways to manage information, and contacts within our own context and needs.
One thing I would observe, is that rather than creating apparently isolated people staring at screens, the information age has, and continues to, dramatically redefine how we interact, and keep in touch. It has redefined friendship, acquaintances, colleagues, and business relationships, into networks as we each define them, giving us that horribly obtuse expression, ‘Social Graph‘, which it turns out is equivalent to Social Network. The Information Age has also broken down barriers, and borders; it has made the world smaller.
So if we are entering a new age, perhaps, it is something to do with personalisation of networks, allowing us to create our own exclusive view of the world, and how we choose to interact within it. Its kind of a, me age.
What do you think?