For quite a while we at BFU have ranted about the end of bureaucracies. We see technology empowered individuals sucking the air out of over inflated organizations; education, corporations, government, religions, unions, and others of the ilk.
This has happened before, Gutenberg and his printing press empowered individuals to share knowledge that had been the exclusive domain of governments and the Church. New organizations flourished and morphed -- change came.
It is happening again, on a much greater scale, and much faster. I've just read an essay that has an interesting take on this. I may disagree with some of the premises, but that is never a good reason to ignore the arguments. The fact I disagree with the author on some points is a reason to pay closer attention. I might be wrong, his different point of view might uncover truths I would never have considered.
This does create hope. If what I see as a cause for the diminishment of bureaucracies, and the bureaucrats that inhabit them, is but one part of the puzzle; this may result in an implosion rather than a slow deflation.
Read the essay, even if you don't believe it, what will be the effect if The Inner Ring does believe it? This will impact your life, that should make knowledge about the reshaping of communications an imperative.
Change is upon us -- it is our responsibility to prepare.
"In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists." - Eric Hoffer