We are reaching the end of the second generation of knowledge management, with its focus on tacit-explicit knowledge conversion. Triggered by simplified software to allow anyone to write themselves into digital culture, not just programmers, whom are unfairly labelled as the architects of ‘read only web’. This focus on ‘user generated has substantially failed to deliver on its promised benefits – remarkable more for self than self-improvement, programmers have set to work creating ever more ways to hurl mob-culture further.
The lines are now well and truly blurred between context, narrative, content and challenges. Some people have been more successful at digital adaptation by creating complex overlays for their lives, but I seriously wonder whether this has created any greater democracy or equality. I don’t see it as maintainable, let alone sustainable.Those with the power see to find ever more ways to digitally flaunt it over those who remain at their mercy. Being Twitter famous adds no new armour to the fragility of modern life away from it.
What would be nice, would to sit here assured that second generation knowledge had brought with it a second generation behaviour which made everyone feel better. We’d all have a greater sense of agency over the natural and un-natural world. But here we are (or I am, ten years later) wondering what tomorrow might bring in the email, or the stars. One or other is set to triumph.