|Are we still livng in the Industrial Age?|
Mr. Godin says in his manifesto, that it's going to take a generation to fix our backwards school system. I believe it
There's a lot of denial in our culture about a lot of things, like climate change, that Americans are "exceptional" and that this economic crises, brought on by the banks is going to just magically get better. Good luck with that. Just about everyone I know is aware that climate change is happening, BUT, they are completely unaware of how corporations have a stranglehold on our government. Internet access is a perfect example of this.
It gets me really mad when I read about the monopolies that have control over us, there is no such thing as the 'free market" when it comes to Comcast, Time-Warner & Verizon. We are living in the digital age. Kids can't get a decent education without the internet, people can't apply for jobs unless they can get online. Yet we have the slowest and most expensive access to the internet in the world. Hong-Kong has faster and cheaper internet service than we do. Read all about it here. The Washington Post is calling out the cable companies for being monopolies, but our government does NOTHING. One third of Americans have no access to the internet, because the cable companies don't want to spend the money to lay cable in rural areas or where the poor are. They are only interested in neighborhoods with McMansions.
We have a school system still teaching kids, to be "good obedient workers" while the Industrial Age jobs and factory based economy has vanished. People are still way too invested in "what used to be". Few people have any vision for the future. They are just trying to survive today. The worst thing about this new world we are living in is that it doesn't have to be this way. Our government refuses to respond to the needs of the people, because it's not in their interest.
The present administration is not going to do anything to get any of our problems solved. In short, EVERYTHING needs to change. Our government, our school system, our access to information. You don't hear anyone in the government talking about anything but deficits and the budget and the sequestration-next-recession, as if the country ever recovered from the last one.
We need to just get over the Industrial Age, because it is gone.