Look at the news these days from the most dynamic sector of the U.S. economy — Silicon Valley. Facebook is now valued near $100 billion, Twitter at $8 billion, Groupon at $30 billion, Zynga at $20 billion and LinkedIn at $8 billion. These are the fastest-growing Internet/social networking companies in the world, and here’s what’s scary: You could easily fit all their employees together into the 20,000 seats in Madison Square Garden, and still have room for grandma.
Tomorrow is Marshall McLuhan's 100th birthday. What would McLuhan have done? A flash crowd meetup? Or republish an old interview from Playboy in 1969? I never tired of McLuhan's rants. Here are a some excerpts from that interview.
Daniel Bell (1919–) was for much of his career a sociologist who taught at Harvard University and was one of the first to describe what he perceived to be an emerging post-industrial society. Bell describes the emergence of what he calls a post-Industrial society: [T]he phrase ‘post-industrial society’ is now used widely [to describe] the extraordinary range of changes that run through the social structure of the emerging post-industrial world, one that does not wholly displace the agrarian and industrial worlds (though it transforms them in essential ways) but represents new principles of innovation, new modes of social organisation, and new classes in society …