AS TECHNOLOGY AND THE AUTONOMOUS REVOLUTION race forward, we are being inundated with substitutional equivalences and new institutional forms. In the process, the gap between the culture that was formed in the Industrial Age and the cultural requirements of our new age are widening.
In chapter 2, we briefly discussed William Ogburn and his theory of cultural lag. Just to review, cultural lag occurs “when one of two parts of culture that are correlated changes before … the other part does.”1 In the case of the Autonomous Revolution, the parts that have changed are the institutional forms associated with the information, intelligence, and spatial equivalences that define our new age. We are spending more and ...