How It All Works

Alan Kay:

Quite a few people have to believe something is normal before it becomes normal – a sort of ‘voting’ situation. But once the threshold is reached, then everyone demands to do whatever it is.

From telegraph to telephone to cellphone.

From a smoking society to one that is primarily now non-smoking.

From three national TV networks to the fragmentation of TV via cable to the fragmentation of video viewing itself by the Internet.

And coming up next:

From primarily printed books to a flirtation with ePub eBooks to the mass adoption of digital books.

Supplemental reading:

Bellwether by Connie Willis

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