From the information age to the connected age: “The Information Age is the age of the knowledge worker. The Connected Age is the age of the web worker. Knowledge workers create and manage information, massaging it into intangible knowledge goods. Web workers create and manage relationships across knowledge goods, hardware, and people”.
This is an interesting comparison of roles with a specific emphasis on validating the information age and the knowledge workers that drive it and the connected workers who manage the integral nature of mashing-up of all the various information and knowledge products. It affirms both the network and connected.
This is an interesting article that would be good discussion for Interactive Media Design students who are pondering their careers. It describes two different roles and two eras in networks and connected-ness. Perhaps in IMD we have to be in both of these roles, but it would be interesting to hear where you think you best fit this scenario. We are all nodes on a network doing our thing (or being who we are?), but distinguishing between “creating, managing and massaging information into knowledge goods” is an interesting proposition. I assume this means content authoring or collective authoring. Then there is the role of “web workers” creating and managing the relationships (social networking?) between knowledge assets, people and technology. Both seem the edge leadership in our industry, but they also point to the diversity of possibilities in our future.