The realm of the ‚Äúpersonal‚ÄĚ is now increasingly touched by technology ‚Äď especially the Internet. For example, sleep is now something we do in between checking our smartphones. Our relationship to food and eating has changed too. Home delivery, restaurant search, table bookings ‚Äď these have all been elevated to a high level skill-set which is part-entertainment, part-electronic processing. And travel is now a finger-clicking exercise with precision timing.
This readjustment of our daily routine has had one significant effect: it has taught individuals a range of skills that would normally be in the domain of businesses.¬† Ordinary people now behave as businesses do by using buying strategies to get costs down. We now have expectations of quality and delivery. In fact, we have become so business-like as individuals that marketers need to get rid of the processes of ‚ÄúBusiness-to-Consumer‚ÄĚ communication, and begin to adopt the rules of ‚ÄúBusiness-to-Business‚ÄĚ when talking to consumers. Such change of our lives is an explosion of the new ‚Äď new thinking, new business, new relationships, new selling, new buying, new leisure, new humans.
The Internet is behaving in a way that is affecting everything we do. And it is making us think about things in a way we never previously thought. The Internet is contrary and the opposite of previous inventions. It has enhanced a reverse polarity of discovery in which seeking to know more about what and who we already know (think Facebook, Twitter, Google) is now just as valid as learning new things.
This is the ‚Äúimplosion‚ÄĚ that this book examines and the great impact it will have on society and business. The creation of the Internet, the most significant for many generations, is driving culture inwards instead of outwards (like many of history‚Äôs other prestigious cultural innovations). It is an implosive force, annihilating and creating simultaneously. And it will change forever the way society and business communicates. This book offers a controversial insight into where we are heading in the age of the Web.