We can read at “The Economist” about optimism and pessimism surrounding the Technology of Information. The article cites more pessimists as Robert Gordon, for whom the strong industrial revolution was “the second”, with electricity, cars and planes, or Fredrick Erixon and Bjorn Weigel, authors of “The Inovation of Illusion”, that say about the capitalism growing old. All those arguments are reinforced by the weak productivity.
The optimists say that the statistics are wrong and not getting the real numbers of internet business; they also say that the new revolution is just beginning.
That controversy is another demonstration of the after-postmodern times: the pragmatism and certainty of post-modern era are not anymore present. New paradigms are coming, but we are not sure about what are them.
Anyway, the cybernetic innovation brought a new level for democracy never seen before. We can see all around the world people of almost all economic condition getting information about anything.
Maybe the new challenge is to end starvation together with giving information to everyone in the world.