Salvo Responds ... 6 of 6
Segments of culture seem to have convinced themselves that their own
hype was real. We may have even deluded ourselves with Kairos.
idea that stock prices might never come down resulted in smart people
denying the existence of a bubble even while it was bursting. Here
again is Clark:
Netscape time was a term we came to
apply to the speed at which we developed products and, by extension, the
relentlessness of the work involved. But the effortlessness of Web use
is also an aspect of Netscape time, when a consumer can research a
product, find the best price, and click and buy all in the time it used
to take to get the car out of the garage ... A perfectly integrated
system, a self-fulfilling technology. From a business standpoint, the
beauty of this was breathtaking.
The rise of the Web and its
demise as an economic engine are equally breathtaking. Yet, as a
bricoleur, these fallen firms offer a rich context for rebuilding and
reconfiguring digital culture beyond a money-making proposition,
returning us (perhaps) to opportunities for the exploration of literacy
and communication. Indeed, many of use have not left this enlightening,
if less remunerative, path.
Now, if you haven't already
Go read Salvo's Story ...
Kairos Will Have Been ...
Kairos logo circa 2002 ... and beyond?