Friday, January 16, 2009

Update Your Info, It's Been Five Minutes Already

Yikes! This site about Reinventing America is not what I thought - I thought it would be a political revolution site. Instead it's a marketing method for the future - a future that keeps arriving and passing faster than we can blink! The Ubertrends map page at the site is an eye-opener in some ways, mostly it's just a confirmation of what we see everywhere. It's a commentary on our society, but done in a way to inform the people with money to take advantage of the knowledge to know how to engage and sell to future generations.

Two things I noticed are "too much information" and that people, instead of going hunting and fishing, are just hoping for a cancelled lunch appointment! We're not busy around here, no money for that kind of lifestyle, and I'm certainly not one to be helping set trends.

The "too much information" hits home though. My friends and I have discussed how much more children have to take in in school than we did. The volume of info seems to be increasing exponentially, even my 30 yr old friend sees the difference in what was required of her and what is required of her 7th grader - that's not a lot of years. The differences in my friend who is in her mid-40s and her little 1st grader and kindergartener are absurd. They have to come in knowing colors, letters, numbers, some require the children to already have started to read!

But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. Daniel 12:4

Soon we'll be teaching children with web pages that require "refreshing" for the new, current information every class period!