(First printed 12/3/2010)
The information age is not new.
We started with stories around campfires, then meeting halls and churches, breakfast tables, water coolers, pubs, anywhere two or more people met to discuss news, views and their lives.
When the printing press became common, the citizens of the world feared an information overload, the loss of privacy and the loss of needed state security.
When the telegraph made rapid communication over large distances possible, the same fears were voiced.
That was followed by the telephone, newspapers for the masses, radio, television, cell phones and now the Internet.
Each time there were cries of the "sky is falling", and to some degree it did. Society underwent increasingly rapid transitions and adapted, with mores, rules, mores and views on issues shifting to adapt to the new flow of information.
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