Life and time has moved on

The ubiquitous Web has had an unprecedented impact on modern life. Access devices are converging, high-speed wireless networks are almost omnipresent, and the Internet has become a virtual neural network. The digital nature of the Web means that even time itself has a different meaning. In the offline world we strive to meet deadlines driven by the industrial and mechanical production processes of tangible artefacts. On the Internet there’s no such thing as a deadline. Instead, there is a notion of a “use by” date, whereby something is hot or not depending on the groundswell of the virtual tribal trend at that moment in time. The Web is ubiquitous and at the same time organic. It is dynamic and emergent, and it continues ...

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