The development of social norms.

Posted: September 11, 2009 in Educational Technologies, Web 2.0
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I stumbled across a quote from Clay Shirky that is worth noting.  This quote is from his new book, “Here comes Everybody”

It’s when a technology becomes normal, then ubiquitous, and finally so pervasive as to be invisible, that the really profound changes happen, and for young people today, our new social tools have passed normal and are heading to ubiquitous, and invisible is coming. (p. 105)

Makes one of my personal theories seem more relevant.  I think of it as my ’20:1 concept’.  This is that what one took 20 years to develop now occurs in 1 year.  That includes the social acceptance of things.  Where something in the past may have taken 100 years to become a social value, this is now reduced to 5 years.


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