My man Kam forwarded along a reference to this piece entitled "Beyond the Information Revolution" by Peter Drucker. It makes a good case for several things: that the information revolution may likely not play out the way people are expecting it to by tradition (in that the industrial revolution would have been impossible to chart the actual effects of, with the same difficulty as it takes to chart the ripples from an earthquake), and that the methodology used to inspire those of us caught up in the revolution may be failing. That latter case is preaching to the choir and a little 'new-economy' oriented (one hates to use a Peters phrase with Drucker), one supposes, but it can ring true in the chair with a keyboard afront it.
Posted by esinclai at April 17, 2001 07:31 AM |
One issue Drucker raises that I found intriguing is that the actually revolutionary elements of the information revolution aren't happening, that the inventions aren't actually new, but reinventions (largely) of existing processes. Faster and potentially more accurate, but not new...