When New Becomes Normal

Stephen Abram has an interesting article on the Information Outlook web site. It talks about technology and innovation and when something that was once thought of as “new” becomes “normal.”

It reminds me of a recent study from Pew about what people are considering a luxury versus a necessity.

Interesting to see what things people are willing to give up when times get tough. Goodbye, microwave. iPod? I could live without it. Even the TV I could do without.

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Fact is that people are changing their minds all the time – adopting new ways of doing things, and letting other things go.

Stephen Abram says that as information professionals in this environment, we have to learn how to be flexible (and, I would submit, open to every new thing).

How open are we? How willing are we to take chances?

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