Information revolutions in the history of mankind


Historian Elin Whitney-Smith in her interview on Strategy and Business identifies 5 major information revolutions in the history of mankind and shows how the leaders were replaced by the innovators on the fringes of the society and how the leaders ignored change that was all around them. 

I like her view on how in the revolutions, be it hunter gatherer, be it printing press and be it the latest digital revolution, it was always the access to information and an ability to organize it that made the difference. In all the revolutions the new leaders had a better handle on the information. 

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