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24 May 2021, 4:52 am

And what other ‘Ages’ have there been?

How long will the Information Age last?



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24 May 2021, 9:44 am

Information age needs an asterisk.

a really big asterisk



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24 May 2021, 9:46 am

It might be more appropriate to call this the Disinformation Age.


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25 May 2021, 2:38 am

funeralxempire wrote:
It might be more appropriate to call this the Disinformation Age.


Yes. And the Net should be called "Disinformation Super Highway" (actually both that and its common moniker apply).



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25 May 2021, 2:51 am

Well, there's a lot of information and BS flying around, but I don't know that it particularly defines the era we're in. It seems like a construction somebody's put on "these times." Some truth in it, but it's like trying to describe a country in a couple of words. It is what it is, and we're probably too close to it to know yet how best to describe it. Depends what comes next.

It's certainly nice to be able to research practically anything easily with the Web. Libraries were good, but it was always hard work and they didn't have everything. As for book shops, I don't want to pay that much.



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25 May 2021, 2:57 am

Technic1 wrote:
And what other ‘Ages’ have there been?

How long will the Information Age last?


There was the stone age, the Bronze Age, the Iron Age, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Age of Discovery, the Age of Faith, the Age of Reason, the guilded age etc. But these "ages" of history are not all comparable to each other (peaches mixed with pears).

The way I see it all ages were information ages. The differences are in how the information is accessed and conveyed.

Writing was invented in 3000 BC so recorded history began, but only the elite of any society had access to writing until....GUTENBURG invented movable type in circa AD 1450 enabling books and periodicals to be mass produced (and thus consumable by the public).

Printing spread like wildfire, and the history of early printing entrepreneurs in 15th century Europe reads much like the history of Jobs and Gates of our lifetimes.

The printed page ruled from 1450 until the eve of the First World War. In those first few years of the twentieth Centurey prior to the First World War you had inventors like Edison, Tesla, Marconi, etc invent a whole slew of electronic devices to record, store, and to convey, information. Wax records, and movie film, radio. Between the wars they put sound into movies, combined movies with radio to invent TV, and invented radar.

Thus began what I call the "Analog Age", or "the Edisonian Age".

That era thrived until the Eighties when digital media began to overthrow analog in everything including computers themselves.

So today we are deep into the digital age.

So its the PreGutenburg Age (3000 BC to 1450 AD), the Gutenburg Age (1450 to circa 1915), The Analog/Edisonian Age (1915 until circa 1990) and the current Digital Age (1990 to now, and it will go on till whenever). Dont see any end to the digital age.



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25 May 2021, 2:57 am

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It is what it is, and we're probably too close to it to know yet how best to describe it. Depends what comes next.


Hasn't that been fair of all eras? That we only really grasp them in hindsight?


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25 May 2021, 3:29 am

funeralxempire wrote:
ToughDiamond wrote:
It is what it is, and we're probably too close to it to know yet how best to describe it. Depends what comes next.

Hasn't that been fair of all eras? That we only really grasp them in hindsight?

That too, yes. It gets even more dodgy when they try to figure out what will happen next. Marx said we were about to see the dawn of communism, Hitler said his so-called Third Reich was set to last 1000 years. Some hippies thought we entered the Aquarian Age of friendship in 2012. Oh, and somebody said Trump was Christ returning to do Revelation and Rapture or whatever it's called.



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25 May 2021, 2:53 pm

funeralxempire wrote:
It might be more appropriate to call this the Disinformation Age.


My thought exactly. It replaced the Information Age.



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25 May 2021, 2:57 pm

Maybe we have moved from the Information Age to the Inflammation Age. :lol:



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25 May 2021, 11:25 pm

Yes, they want to save us from the rona so we can go on killing all life on the planet with global arming.

That is inflamed



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27 May 2021, 1:15 am

When did the Information Age start?

When did they start lying to us and the disinformation age start?