This makes me downright giddy:
The Web continues to evolve from a world ruled by mass media and mass audiences to one ruled by messy media and messy participation. How far can this frenzy of creativity go? Encouraged by Web-enabled sales, 175,000 books were published and more than 30,000 music albums were released in the US last year. At the same time, 14 million blogs launched worldwide. All these numbers are escalating. A simple extrapolation suggests that in the near future, everyone alive will (on average) write a song, author a book, make a video, craft a weblog, and code a program. This idea is less outrageous than the notion 150 years ago that someday everyone would write a letter or take a photograph.
Now I know I have no life, but this is what it’s all about. This is where my sometimes nutty brain feels things are headed as well. Think of what this means for teachers and schools. And, before we miss it, let’s really think about this moment and what we are a part of.
There is only one time in the history of each planet when its inhabitants first wire up its innumerable parts to make one large Machine. Later that Machine may run faster, but there is only one time when it is born.
You and I are alive at this moment.
We should marvel, but people alive at such times usually don’t.
I do…every day. I know I am really out there with this, but I still get butterflies when I read and think and participate with this new Web. It’s the power of ideas and conversations and contribution. And it’s very cool.