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It’s an age of unprecedented, staggering technological change. Business models are being transformed, lives are being upended, vast new horizons of possibility opened up. Or something like that. These are all pretty common assertions in modern business/tech journalism and management literature. Then there’s another view, which I heard from author Neal Stephenson in an MIT lecture hall last week. A hundred years from now, he said, we might look back on the late 20th and early 21st centuries and say, “It was an actively creative society. Then the internet happened and everything got put on hold for a generation.” Justin Fox Stephenson was clearly trying to be provocative. But he’s not alone in the judgment that we’re not actually living in an era of great innovation. Economist Tyler Cowen’s e-book-turned-book, The Great Stagnation, made similar points: Compared with the staggering changes in everyday life in the first half of the 20th century wrought by electricity, cars, and electronic communication, the digital age has brought relatively minor alterations to how we live
Originally posted by VoidHawk
Just like TV the net has been flooded with garbage by TPTB. If the garbage and propaganda were removed we'd have the best tool ever invented for education and enhacing creativity.
I remember when the internet was young, it was full of so many interesting things that on every visit you learned something new, but now we have to wade through gigabytes of celebrity nonsense just to find a single byte of something useful.