Tuesday, December 31, 2013

#hail the #fail

The Next Society, Peter Drucker, 2001

The knowledge society is the first human society where upward mobility is potentially unlimited. Knowledge differs from all other means of production in that it cannot be inherited or bequeathed. It has to be acquired anew by every individual, and everyone starts out with the same total ignorance [..].

The upward mobility of the knowledge society, however, comes at a high price: the psychological pressures and emotional traumas of the rat race. There can be winners only if there are losers. This was not true of earlier societies.

The son of the landless laborer who became a landless labore himself was not a failure. In the knowledge society, however, he is not only a personal failure but a failure of society as well.