IT’S THE INTERNET, STUPID

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Anything written by Thomas Friedman is always worth a read. Agree or not, he always makes you think and rarely makes you mad. In last Sunday’s New York Times he has the temerity to propose The Theory of Everything (Sort of). He just may be right (sort of).

Friedman notes the pestilent (Arab Spring) and the peaceful (Tea Party) rebellions taking place around the world and asks, why now?

It starts with the fact that globalization and the information technology revolution have gone to a whole new level. Thanks to cloud computing, robotics, 3G wireless connectivity, Skype, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Twitter, the iPad, and cheap Internet-enabled smartphones, the world has gone from connected to hyper-connected.

This is the single most important trend in the world today.

The columnist mixes in his observations of changes in the workplace and the evolution of those skills required for success. Many are falling short. At the same time the “globalization/I.T. revolution enables the globalization of anger, with all of these demonstrations now inspiring each other.”  Today, any displeased soul with an internet connection is a potential community organizer.

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