Two hours to download, and you get “everything…with the exception of pictures, ads, and the comics.” Digital news, 1981.
Mike Lydon on Embracing Impermanence:
“We’re seeing a lot of these things emerge for three reasons,” Lydon continues. “One, the economy. People have to be more creative about getting things done. Two, the Internet. Even four or five years ago we couldn’t share tactics and techniques via YouTube or Facebook. Something can happen randomly in Dallas and now we can hear about it right away. This is feeding into this idea of growth, of bi-coastal competition between New York and San Francisco, say, about who does the cooler, better things. And three, demographic shifts. Urban neighborhoods are gentrifying, changing. They’re bringing in people looking to improve neighborhoods themselves. People are smart and engaged and working a 40-hour week. But they have enough spare time to get involved and this seems like a natural step.”
via New York Times: It’s Time to re think ‘temporary’, December 19, 2011
What emerged with that revelation was an image of Paleolithic artists transmitting their techniques from generation to generation for twenty-five millennia with almost no innovation or revolt. A profound conservatism in art, Curtis notes, is one of the hallmarks of a “classical civilization.” For the conventions of cave painting to have endured four times as long as recorded history, the culture it served, he concludes, must have been “deeply satisfying”—and stable to a degree it is hard for modern humans to imagine.
From First Impressions: What does the world’s oldest art say about us?
By Judith Thurman, June 23, 2008, New Yorker
Contrast the mind-blowing concept of 1,000 generations of cultural continuity with Sir Ken Robinson’s statement at TED in 2007,
If you think of it, children starting school this year will be retiring in 2065. Nobody has a clue, despite all the expertise that’s been on parade over the last 4 days, what the world will look like in 5 years time…
Sir Ken Robinson: Do Schools Kill Creativity? [At around 2:20]
Host Leo Laporte and <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Scoble" title="wikipedia">Robert Scoble</a> talk with Rose about how much easier it is to get stuff done now.
Kevin Rose: If you wanted to start a company back in 2000 it was a lot more difficult than it is today. You’d actually have to go out and buy dedicated servers, and there was no Amazon S3. There was no EC2. To get an idea off the ground today (or even just a few years ago) over this last decade the barrier to entry has been lowered quite a bit, to where if you have something new you want to explore it really is a couple thousand dollars to get something off the ground and launch it.
Leo Laporte: That’s a really good point, that’s completely changed everything hasn’t it?
Kevin Rose: Absolutely, especially the way that we scale websites. It was really difficult back in the day. And the fact that you can go and just launch new server instances in milliseconds depending on what the load is of your current site, based on EC2 — it’s just so much easier than it was even just a few years ago.
Robert Scoble: what I was putting up on screen right here was a Twitter room, or Twitter list, of a bunch of people who are covering the Iranian protests. This was pretty difficult to do even a year ago. And now we can see 346 people, all who are covering the Iranian protests, most of whom are actually in Iran. It’s pretty amazing that we can connect to each other this way.