Communicator (communicator) wrote,
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Caxton's thoughts

I can find information in seconds; I can communicate with people all over the world; I can read the intimate thoughts of a thousand strangers. As an idea spreads across the world I can track its progress. All of this I can do from home with no effort. This should have transformed my society and my consciousness. But I don't think it has. Why not?

Are we still in the early post-Gutenburg days, before literacy transformed religion and politics? Perhaps we have our printing presses, but the decisive books have not yet been written (though of course they will not be books, but something quite different). Or perhaps my consciousness has been transformed by technology, but I haven't noticed, in amongst all the other transformations that are happening in my life. Or perhaps I am too stuck in my ways, and the people who will be transformed by technology are very young, or not yet born.

Or perhaps the technology of information has very little impact on the kind of people we are. Unlike, say, the technology of medicine. It seems unlikley but perhaps that's how it's going to be. No change.
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