Saturday, March 05, 2011

Spitfires and the history of the Internet

It was the 75th anniversary of the first flight of the Supermarine Spitfire today.

That made me think about our perception of technology, of newness, of cutting edge.

I started school in 1970. Around that time I would have become aware of the Spitfire - it's iconic role in the post second world war British landscape.
The Spitfire - despite its association with the war - was in service with the RAF late into the 1950s. In fact it was only retired by the Irish airforce in 1961.

And yet, my whole life through it has been a very distinct piece of history to me. Not part of my life more part of a past - one shot in black and white where different people lived under different rules and did different things.
And yet that plane existed only a few years out of synch with my own history.

So I wonder how my daughter, who started school in 2009, views screens she can't touch, mobile phones with no internet capability... The world before the Internet even.

What must she think of the world before broadband - of the time before the low-cost ability to connect with each other and organise around things that matter to us.

And how will she consider organisations which are unchanged by the impact these changes have made?

Perhaps she won't need to consider them at all? By the time she leaves school they may be retired. Like the Spitfire.

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The rate of change is so rapid it's difficult for one person to keep up to speed. Let's pool our thoughts, share our reactions and, who knows, even reach some shared conclusions worth arriving at?