The Internet is the CB Radio of the '90s
Anita Sharpe on Business
Wouldn't you hate to be the person known for that quote? Kevin Kelly -- one of the most prescient writers around -- resurrected the statement (made a decade ago by a senior VP at ABC) in a great piece in this month's Wired magazine.
The main point of the story? How even the smartest people couldn't predict the way the Web would evolve and, going forward, how this 'gargantuan Machine' linking virtually every person and human activity on the planet 'will evolve into an integral extension not only of our senses and bodies but our minds,' Kelly writes.
'There is only one time in the history of each planet when its inhabitants first wire up its innumerable parts to make one large Machine,' Kelly writes. 'Later that Machine may run faster, but there is only one time when it is born. You and I are alive at this moment. We should marvel, but people alive at such times usually don't.'
Most of us fail to recognize huge cultural shifts until they smack us in the face. And then we fail to marvel. Why is that?