Trust Trumps Information in A Networked World
The 19th century British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli once said, “As a general rule the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information”. Although true in the 18th and 19th centuries during the Industrial Revolution and reaching its zenith in the Information Age of the 20th century, it is Trust that trumps information in the Networked World of today.
The Industrial Revolution got its start in Great Britain during the 18th century which at the time was the most powerful empire in the world. During this period advancements in technology led to the development of the steam engine, manufacturing, textiles, communication and energy industries. The “best information” was held by a relatively small class.
The Information Age, also referred to as the Computer or Digital Age has been characterized by individuals having free flow and easy access to information through computers and networking devices. The internet, with platforms like ActiveRain, FaceBook, Google and Youtube has given the general public access that would have been difficult to access before.
The Information Age has metamorphosed into what some have called the Connected Age with its locus represented by a Networked World.. Characterized by nearly transparent, hyperlinked, interconnected communication networks, the Networked World has as its priority the development of relationships As stated in the article titled The Information Age To The Connected Age , value in the Connected Age lies “In the relationships that aggregate, filter, and manipulate distributed intangible goods”..