Thursday, March 30, 2006

The Brave New World

Let me refer you to a book review, but it's much, much more than a book review. It's a glimpse into the new world we've so quickly galloped into and one that, quite frankly, most people haven't realized we've arrived at.

The book itself is called "An Army of Davids: How Markets and Technology Empower Ordinary People to Beat Big Media, Big Government and Other Goliaths" by Glenn Reynolds, prolific online author whose writings can be found here and here.

The book reviewer is Mark Steyn. He touches upon several fascinating points, including the dramatic changes going on in journalism, entertainment, and indirectly even government. What has changed so quickly over the past decade, with the advent of computer technology and high-speed Internet, is the ability of so many individuals to do so much so rapidly. Their only obstacle is creativity and the will to follow their dreams. And those that "do", rather than just talk about doing, can reach a gigantic audience instantly and for very little money. What's really starting to happen now is the middlemen are being bypassed in so many supply chains because it has become clear to many people that they add little to no value. That's got to be a good thing for everyone ... well, except for the middlemen perhaps!

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