Douglas Adams – Still saying better than we ever could…

For complicated reasons I won’t dwell on – I found myself reading an article written by Douglas Adams more than a decade ago.

If you want an entertaining and frighteningly prescient discussion on the Internet, innovation, and its impact, then you’d be hard pressed to beat this…

How to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Internet

and… a brief extract which sets the tone…..

1) everything that’s already in the world when you’re born is just normal;

2) anything that gets invented between then and before you turn thirty is incredibly exciting and creative and with any luck you can make a career out of it;

3) anything that gets invented after you’re thirty is against the natural order of things and the beginning of the end of civilisation as we know it until it’s been around for about ten years when it gradually turns out to be alright really.

Apply this list to movies, rock music, word processors and mobile phones to work out how old you are.