I am of the first digital generation. The very first people that learned how to play games at the age of three. The information revolution. That’s what future generations will probably call us. The largest and vastest of three BIG revolutions. Have any idea what the three BIG revolution are? They are N, I and I. They stand for neolithic, industrial and information. Without the first, there would’ve not been the second, and without the second there would’ve not been the third.
Let’s take the neolithic revolution. There are three ways to look at it: the creationist, the evolutionist and the popular. The creationist is probably the oldest one of these.
The traditional, modern creationism is the Christian creationism. Basic message: “God created heaven and earth.” Nice and simple. No doubts about. That’s it. The ancient creationist say the same thing, but make one creator into a plural and a moral mess.
Then there is the wonderful evolution, a theory almost as old as creationism in its oldest form, but mostly embraced after the 19th century when somebody (Darwin) wrote a book in a common language for common people to read it. This is the theory the catholic “church” supports. It is real, it can be proven by science, we are just trying to study the world God created.
They are catering to the public’s flings and swings.
Evolution means there was a small cell in the beginning and through out billions and millions of years it evolved into dinosaurs and humans.
Psst! Size does matter!
Isn’t it a bit hard to see how a ten meter high creature and I share the same ancestry? Na-aa.
The neolithic revolution means that humans started farming. Before this they had been or we had been things called hunter-gatherers. Seems like a nice/hard lifestyle. Hardcore, I’d say. Creationism: the world was created and humans started farming immediately. Evolution: humans evolved from apes and finally started farming. Same end story.
The second BIG revolution was the industrial revolution. Traditionally, there is only one way to look at it: historical. Culture back then was so rich that we knew how to write and paint. They already started to have cameras and video back then. And it all started with making labor less manual.
What is the untraditional way to look at the industrial revolution. Well… The popular way, naturally.
The information revolution is the time we are living now. Another revolution that is looked upon in one way: historical. Now we have everything digitized and video and pictures are very cool. Damn, we don’t really have to even write anymore, we can just record our own voices. Yeah! Let’s loose civilization and return ten thousand years back.
What is this popular view? You’ve probably never heard of it. Of course you haven’t, its a new invention.
The popular way is to see the different ages in history as people, typical to the age.
Picture in your mind Nick Neolithic or better known by his friends as Nik or Nicothedes. Hellenic or barbarian, whatever. Nik is probably more accurate. You’d have to travel 5000 years to meet someone called Nicothedes. Nik is a burly, hairy man. He has never cut his hair or beard. He has a spear in one arm and a bow in his other with a quiver full of arrows on his back. He is wearing animal skins wrapped around him to keep him warm. When it is summer he only has animal skins around his abdomen. He creeps through the forest like an animal hunting his prey. He has a woman and many children, because only a few of them will live to old age. They live in a hut made of mammoth bones and skin. Life is cruel and they are content. Then they discover that when they eat a certain plant and leave the seeds into the soil, the plant grows back and provides more food. Discovery of farming.
Ivan Industrial is a poor worker covered with soot from the coal factory. He lives in the slums on the edge of the city in a small room with his wife and three children. He washes up and goes outside, but is already dirty when he arrives at work. He works for fourteen hours with a poor wage, his eldest son works in the mine and the wife works at a weaving mill. She gets really sick of the chemicals they use, but Ivan has no money to spend on a doctor or medicine. He had seven children, but one was stillborn, another was born disfigured and two died the other winter after they caught the cold. But yet, they are making a bit more money than at the farm they owned up north. Income had been uncertain, only thing to fear now is sickness, the factory machines and bars. Many of Ivan’s companions drink all there money and beat their families, but Ivan is a good and reliable man.
Ian Information was born in the beginning of the 90s. He grew up with a normal childhood. His family got their first computer when Ian was around ten. He learned to use it faster than his father who was supposed to work on it and they taught the use of machines in school. Later in life Ian used the computer and the Internet as part of his studies. He has a lot free time and he has never been seriously ill. He has met a few nice girls, but not one to marry. He is an IT consultant. He is thirty and his girlfriend is pregnant with a boy. Maybe they marry someday if the relationship lasts.
Seeing a human at the place of certain years in a time line might help people to visualize the time more. When one reads of an everyman, its easier to relate and picture oneself in such a position than a position of a king or a nobleman.