Unlimited Information Is Transforming Society

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Change that is already underway in the movement of information is the blurring of boundaries between consumers and producers. In the past the flow of information was almost entirely one-way, from the newspaper, radio or television to the reader, listener or viewer. Today that flow is increasingly two-way — which was one of Tim Berners-Lee's primary goals when he created the World Wide Web in 1990.

For better or worse, we can expect further blurring of many conventional boundaries — between work and home, between “amateurs” and professionals, and between public and private. We will not vacation on Mars anytime soon, but we might have Webcams there showing us Martian sunsets.

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