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1971 and it’s Web2.0

While sorting through my old texts I stumbled on the thin tome – Ivan Illich’s Deschooling Society. Now I probably haven’t looked at the text for over 20 years, and on a re-read found a slew of jewels within:

“The operation of a peer-matching network would be simple. The user would identify himself by name and address and describe the activity for which he sought a peer. A computer would send him back the names and addresses of all those who had inserted the same description. It is amazing that such a simple utility has never been used on a broad scale for publicly valued activity.”

See New York Review of Books.

OMG, it’s all so Web2.0.


One thought on “1971 and it’s Web2.0

  1. Illich continues to mesmerise – I am guilty of building a collection of all his writing (using Alibris and Amazon second hand books) – and you are right – so much of his insight is regurgitated as new and profound 30 years later.


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