During my first year of law school in 1994, I began to
explore the World Wide Web. Netscape was almost
unheard of, but their Navigator v1.1 was about to draw the
world's attention to the most democratizing communications
medium in the history of human-kind. Regardless of the
financial market aberration of the dot-com boom and bust, the Internet is no
mere fad. The information age is upon us.
In his 1980 book,
The Third Wave,
Alvin Toffler describes post-industrial society, which he
calls "the third wave." In light of Toffler's theme,
one can view the widespread use of the Internet and
information technologies as punctuating events in the
third wave - much as the bronze age or the iron age can be
seen as punctuating events in the agricultural revolution.
It is interesting to think that
technology innovation (such as fashioning crude implements
from stone or basic metals) drove the enormous economic,
social and political change that washed over human-kind in
the form of the agricultural revolution. Then more
technology innovation (such as energy production and
manufacturing processes) shook the foundations of the landed
aristocracy and gave rise to the wealthy
merchant class during the industrial revolution.
Currently, technology innovations related to information and
communication are fueling the information age. The
richest man in the world doesn't sell anything
at all - he lets you use his software in exchange for a
license fee. Interesting, isn't it?
“Let’s face it, there’s only one thing you can clean with
– from a
C|Net review of the Toto Washlet S300, a bolt on
bidet for the executive washroom. You will note
that this quote no longer appears on the C|Net site.
I'm sure someone got called on the carpet for permitting
this quote up in the first place.
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Lockhart. All rights reserved.