A Great Quote from Riel Miller

I’ve been reading Don Tapscott’s book Digital Economy [a great book I might say] and I have to share you this excellent quote Mr. Tapscott has put in his book. Look at the bottom the year it was said.

Sometime in the middle of the next century we will move past software and hardware to wetware – the merging of digital and biological information into a ubiquitous and functional DNA. Before plunging into this “childhood’s end”, humanity will serve an arduous apprenticeship. Over the next few decades the Net, and the intimate relationship between producer and consumer invoked by personalized products, will shatter the anonymity of mass consumption, mass politics, mass media. It will be an age of “in your face” contact hearkening back to village life. And it will also be an age of insecurity as the fixtures of daily experience such as going to school, going to work, and going on vacation are smashed. Old ways of working and learning will get as little respect as did the rhythms of the farm when people moved to the city and factory.

– Riel Miller
Alliance of Converging Technology, 1995

An excerpt from Clay Shirky’s Here Comes Everybody:

“… Novices make mistakes from a lack of experience. They overestimate mere fads, seeing revolution everywhere, and they make this kind of error a thousand times before they learn better.

In the times of revolution, though, the experienced among us make the opposite mistake. When a real, once-in-a-lifetime change comes along, we are at risk of regarding it as a fad as with the grown-ups arguing over the pocket calculator in my local paper. What they should have been arguing about instead was how to prepare students to take advantage of the new tools…

— I know that newspapers are where you get your political news and how you look for a job. I know that music comes from stores. — I know that complicated things like software or encyclopedias have to be created by professionals. In the last fifteen years I have had to unlearn every one of those things and a million others, because those things have stopped being true.”

One thing is certain. It is pleasant to read books such as this and find your own thoughts lying there, better said and in more coherent form. Thanks Clay.