Sometimes I wonder if we get the internet. We, the people that have been lucky enough to see the internet. Do we get how big a shift the internet is? Or are we too early into this new era we have to take it in a bit at a time, lest it throws the balance we’ve built around ourselves off?
Information is so available it is mind blowing. Look at governance. Look how everyone can share stories. Look at education. Look especially at education? Learning has shifted so much any open mind that happens upon the internet can unleash itself to new levels of possibility.
We talk a lot about reduced barriers for learning and participation in the creation of things but do we really get how much possible this has become? Or are these just buzzwords we echo to pretend we appreciate new stuff yet we don’t understand and maybe are too afraid to embrace? If we did, where’s the stuff we’re creating? What better stuff have we built now that we can access the same information that the whole world does?
Mindest issue maybe? Stuck in the past where the world around us was designed for information that was closely guarded in silos. Designed for a “masses and elite” structure where you have to make into the elite to enjoy information. You had to be worthy of information first to access it.
Politics was built around this. Democracy just pretense. Mass media too. Education systems especially love the tradition of exclusion. All these have been disrupted of course but somehow we are taking too long to shift along.
Maybe it will take new generations who will embrace the new order for what it is and refuse to fit themselves into old ways. People that will share and learn ideas at a global stage without any inferiority complexes. And in future, some 50 years from now, they will look back at this information revolution and understand just how huge a shift we’re living through right now.
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