Lecture Outline
The Way We Live

Professor John M. McCann
Fuqua School of Business
Duke University

Last update: March 27 1996

This class session focuses on the key trends described in my Digital Life CyberTrends Web document. A brief outline is shown below, with links to sections of the CyberTrends documents as well as related Web sites.

During this class, we will watch the video "Visions of Heaven and Hell: Welcome to the Jungle." It includes appearances by a number of futurists and other participants in cyberspace:

As you watch this video, keep in mind its underlying theme: we face both heaven and hell because we are living through the breakdown of an old world order and the emergence of a new one; there are webs of society that bind us all together, and technology is weaving new webs. We may wake up one day and find that society has vanished and something new has emerged.

One key aspect of the old society that is going away is the traditional role played by large organizations (companies, associations, governments, nation states, etc.) and the resulting demise of central authority. The people in this video, and others, have written extensively about some of these changes.