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People have enough stuff, but they don’t have enough meaning.
— Seth Godin, again, re-iterating why companies and brands need to connect with people on an emotional level.
The Internet is the first medium invented in 100 years that wasn’t invented to make advertisers happy. The connection between running ads and making money is broken, probably forever. As soon as you take that out of the equation, everything we understand about marketing, manufacturing, distribution—it all goes away. The new era of modern marketing is about the connection economy, it’s about trust, it’s about awareness, it’s about the fact that attention is worth way more than it used to be. Attention doesn’t come in nice little bundles anymore.
— Seth Godin, INC. Interview
You go places and wonder and wonder on the web because you are curious and because you are alive.
— Neil Gaiman, in answer to this question on his Tumblr
Early days still

Reading the Pew research Center’s Digital life in 2025 report I was struck by how deeply the internet has embedded itself into our lives, and how deeply we think about it.

The report itself is a collection of musings by leading thinkers on how web/internet culture is shaping our lives in the present and will do so in 2025. It features many compelling points of view, both Utopian and dystopian. One that I found incredibly compelling:

"We’ll have a picture of how someone has spent their time, the depth of their commitment to their hobbies, causes, friends, and family. This will change how we think about people, how we establish trust, how we negotiate change, failure, and success.”

In other words, how we see ourselves and the people around us.

Coincidentally, I have also been reading John Naughton’s economical take on what we really need to know about the internet. Put together, both pieces present interesting and measured views on the web and it’s impact; and while its easy to take a side (Utopian or otherwise), what’s important is to take the long view.

Believe it or not, It is still early days yet for the world wide web.