Beach Reads: What On Earth Is Going On?

By Steve Denning – Even people who see the Internet as a very big deal indeed tend to see it as something to do with technology. It takes time before it becomes apparent that a major technological change eventually transforms everything else. The basic ways in which a society is arranged and its institutions are run— ways that have long been seen as “obvious” and “just common sense”—start to look inappropriate, even downright stupid.

At first, it’s the other way round. The proposed change itself looks absurd. Thus when Copernicus and his colleagues suggested that the earth revolves around the sun, it was widely derided. more>



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