Rainie’s Lists

Kathy is right–you couldn’t capture everything Lee Rainie said in his keynote.  But I managed to get several of his lists recorded, which were really interesting.

Here are 8 hallmarks of the new digital ecosystem:

  1. Gadgets are a part of everyday life.
  2. Broadband communication has become a standard part of the Internet.
  3. New gadgets allow people to enjoy media, gather information and carry on communication anywhere.  Wirelessness is its own initiative.
  4. Ordinary citizens have a chance to be publishers, movie makers, artists, song creators, and story tellers. 
  5. All those content creators have an audience.
  6. Many are sharing what they know and feel online, and that is building communities. 
  7. Online Americans customizing their online experiences thanks to Web 2.0 tools. 
  8. Different people use these technologies in different ways.

Here is what connectivity is doing to us.

  • Volume of information grows; the Long Tail expands.
  • Velocity of information increases; "smart mobs" appear.
  • Venues of information intersecting with people multiply.
  • Venturing (searching) for information changes.
  • Vigilance of information changes attentivity behavior.
  • Valence (relevance) of information improves. 
  • Vetting of information becomes more “social".
  • Viewing of information is disaggregated and more horizontal.
  • Voting on and ventilating about information proliferates.
  • inVention of information and visibility of new creators is enabled.

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and IL2007 Blog Coordinator

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