Monthly Archives: April 2010

Evolution, revolution, chaos and ANASA in Information Era..

“Gradualism, the idea that all change must be smooth, slow and steady, was never read from the rocks. It presented a common cultural bias, in part a response of nineteenth century liberalism to a world in revolution. But it continues to color our supposedly objective reading of life’s history… The history of life, as I read it, is a series of stable states, punctuated at rare intervals by major events that occur with great rapidity and help to establish the next stable era.” Stephen J. Gould

Far away from equilibrium a system can be driven by a minor factor to the one or the other side of a bifurcation. In the modern informational era we are living our world in a state far from equilibrium, where rapid, unpredictable and sudden changes are happening all the time. This is a macro view. From a micro view changes are affecting the lives of millions people, confronting economic crises, poverty or threat of poverty, losing jobs, unemployment, pollution and deterioration of human life in all aspects. In this state even a minor change, the equivalent of a buterfly movement, can lead the world system to a state of upper orginization or to a total destruction. In either case, times of dramatic, rapid social changes result in human and not human lives paying the price: stress, psychological burden, death, lost dreams and painful adaptation to a world with an unpredictable route. The scream created by Edvard Munch 1893, although successfully representing the agony of the man in the transition to industrial society, today is representing a fragment of the scream the modern man needs to echo in the time of informational society…

We live in the time interval of great rapidity. Until the next stable state we have to pay the price. Well I don’t want to pay this price, me or anyone else. Is that possible?

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Computer doers vs. computer users…

“For the first time in history, the human mind is a direct producive force, not just a decisive element of the production system.” M.Castells

In pro-informational societies, elites learn by doing, thereby modifying the applications of technology, while most people learn by using, thus remaining within the constraints of the packaging of technology. What is the difference, if any, in modern Informational societies?


2010 A Hybrid Odyssey

“… on-line communities are fast developing not as a virtual world, but as a real virtuality integrated with other forms of interaction in an increasingly hybridized everyday life.

… a new culture is forming, the culture of real virtuality, in which the digitized networks of multimodal communications have become so inclusive of all cultural expressions and personal experiences that they have made virtuality a fundamental dimension of our reality.”

Manuel Castells in The rise of the network society..