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Another example: the "old culture" of a job for life and a single "career" that starts with your choice of university degree is being replaced by something new. The old generation won't unlearn their ways and a sizeable proportion of the new generation has learnt that cultural norm all too well. So the old generation needs to die off and the part of the new generation embodying the old mores have to be outnumbered before a new cultural norm more adapted to the current economic context can take center stage.

"It's the statue, man, The Statue."
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Mar 27th, 2007 at 07:13:36 AM EST
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But some things do spread damn fast - "virally" -nonetheless.

And the "napsterisation", due to internet "peer to peer" connectivity, means emerging phenomena such as Voice over IP catch on a lot quicker.

Are generations becoming more adaptable?

"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed" William Gibson

by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Tue Mar 27th, 2007 at 07:24:13 AM EST
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I think you'll find people adopt technologies in their formative years (late teens and early twenties) and after that they take a lot of effort to switch.

What happens is that technologies are starting to go obsolete and disappear from the market over a decade or two, so people are being forced to adopt new technologies more than they used to.

"It's the statue, man, The Statue."

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Mar 27th, 2007 at 07:30:55 AM EST
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What should we expect of the future? Will technologies appear and go obsolete in a few months? Or is this crazy tempo somehow temporarily, just for a few decades?
by das monde on Tue Mar 27th, 2007 at 08:07:34 AM EST
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