(cultural lag & deconstruction, elenchus)
It's an Environmental Issue
“In the gap between the speed with which people
respond to change and the much greater potential
of the technology we invent, the greatest conflicts
in human history occur.
The unavoidable struggle between old and new
is explained by the third law of digital life: the
Law of Disruption.
According to the Law of Disruption: technology
changes exponentially, but social, economic, and
legal systems change incrementally.
As the new world runs increasingly ahead of the old,
social systems invariably break down only to be
dramatically reinvented to better suit the new
environment to which human beings have
The initial impact can be dramatic— even
revolutionary. But the real change may come
years later. In the long run, as human beings
reorder their lives to adjust to the new realities,
the second order effects of innovation are both
more dramatic and more systemic.”
Harnessing the New Forces that Govern
Life and Business in The Digital Age.
Students come here having been swimming
in a techno-environment alien even to our
I will bring them back to old school ways
—teach them to drop their multi-tasking
time management, proper documentation,
The MEDIA might could be the message.
Can I imagine a student in my class exchanging
more or less immediate video-info with a friend at
U. Santa Cruz? “Look, here’s my teacher trying
to explain supra-segmental phonemes! What are
you guys doing?” And what difference can this make?
I do injustice.
I understate the situation.
It’s beyond me. I still use a land-based phone,
hook-up to the world through the desk-top in
my office (study, studio).. Clod of unknowing,