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Willian Rosa

Teaching assistant, FATEC - Technological College of the State of Sao Paulo

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Are we entering into a new historical period?

The world is becoming crowded, flatter, and hotter. Citizens are claiming for change in government. Information technology and telecommunications are enabling people to share and collaborate in free and creative ways. The Earth demands careful use of its resources.

Across the globe, wealth is being redistributed as well as freedom in all its forms is being pursued.

Today's news -- from the economic meltdown in developed countries to rising power of developing nations to advances in science and technology to setbacks in human rights in some places to natural disasters -- are a call for thinking and action.

Are we writing a new chapter in History? How will it be titled?

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    Mar 20 2011: One thing our era has changed is the value of information. The true value of information in the world is... free and thanks to the web, it is kept free. The world has finally realized this value and hence a new trend is setting in.

    This and the fact that the world is now tired of running, spinning out of control and finally resting down.

    Finally we are not writing a new chapter in history, we are rewriting history, where information does not flow through hierarchies of lies and trees but is broad-casted for any worthy seeker, who is looking for it.
    • Mar 20 2011: Siddhesh, there are no doubts about how valuable information is today.

      It's interesting that you notice we're rewriting history in fact. For me, this doesn't apply for the future only, but for the past, too -- historical periods as we currently know them are defined by events in Europe, however, as we look backward, we better understand how Eastern countries played important roles in History.
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      Mar 21 2011: Quite profound Siddhesh.

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