Sunday, March 22, 2009
Remember when you didn't know everything? If you wanted to know what the names were of the Apollo 13 crew, you had to ride your bike to the library, look up a subject in the card catalog, find the most appropriate title, go to the stacks, find the book, go to the index, thumb to the page. And THEN write it out longhand on a piece of paper. Which you had to keep track of.
Well, when we explain that shit to our kids, it's going to sound as ridiculous as phrenology and home ice delivery. What do you think the chances are that sometime late in life you'll be asked the question: "What's a book?"
I'm not complaining. I'll buy one of those motherfuckers so fast it'll make your head spin. It is a major EVOLUTIONARY MILESTONE FOR OUR SPECIES that we are moving ever closer to constant interaction with all recorded human knowledge and information. Which begs the question: "Who controls the stream of information?" Is there any question that competition for search results position will be the primary focus of corporations in the years to come?