“We Have It in Our Power to Begin the World Over Again”
[Thomas Paine – Digital Revolutionary 1737 – 1802]
Back in the la 1970’s, while most people were still listenig to disco, a few young radicals who ignored conventions proposed the idea that computers should be small and personal.
They talked about how these little computers could be liberating and creative. How they could give ordinary people the power to do extraordinay things.
They not only change the way business worked, but that they would change the way the world worked. Conventional wisdom said they were mad. Insane. Why would anyone want a personal computer?
Time passed. And a lot of things happened that people never thought would happen. The Berlin Wall fell. People started saying what they felt like. You can reach the President of the United States at his Internet address. And the little computers were everywhere. Not just in offices, but in homes. Not just in planes, but in economy class. In the hands of poets and musicians, as well a techicians and programmers.
Because the Digital Revolution is whipping through our lives like a Begali typhoon, while the mainstream media is still groping for the snooze button. Because the most fascinating and powerful people today are not politicians or priests, or generals or pundits, but the vanguard who are integrating digital technologies into their business and personal lives, and causing social changes so profund their only parallel is probably the discovery of fire.
We report back from the future about what’s coming about work outside workplaces, markets without masters, entrateinment beyond neighbourhoods, consciousness that spans the globe.
Because in this age of information overload, the ultimate luxury is meaning and context. Or put another way, if you’re looking for the soul of our new society in wild metamorphosis, our advice is simple: get to Infosphere.
[The CyberLogic manifesto – July 1994 ]
“The medium, or process, of our time – electric technology – is reshaping and restructuring the patterns of social interdependence and every aspect of our personal life. It is forcing us to reconsider and re-evaluate practically every thought, every action and every institution formerly taken for granted.Everything is changing: You, your family, your education, your neighbourhood, your job, your government, your relations to the others. And they’re changing dramatically”
[Marshall McLuhan – The Medium is the Message 1967]