Digital is not a platform – part 1

“Digital” as a term is messing up our whole vernacular. Let me elaborate:

Technology is becoming, in the words of Clay Shirky: “boring enough to become socially interesting”, or as Kevin Kelly says it: “ubiquitous”. This leads us to see what Jeff Cole and the USC Annenberg Schools’ Center for the Digital Future foresaw several years ago: There is no real life and digital life, it’s the same place.

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In its report “Young Adults Revealed” Microsoft and Synovate state that IM and social networking isn’t just a tool for young people, it’s a life necessity. Extended upon by a Norwegian researcher who in 2008 put forth the idea that removing the mobile phone from a young person is in conflict with their elementary human rights, as it inhibits their ability to communicate.

All of this and much more, agree with it or not, presents a question to marketers and agencies:

“As digital and real life becomes the same place, do we treat this place as two different concepts? Based on what?”

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  1. […] the two previous posts in this stream (first and second), I try to argument that developers and designers of digital platforms are the only ones […]

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