Takeaways from “Digital is destroying everything” by Andrew Edwards
Hi all, welcome back to my blog!.. Here we go again with a new book review.
This time it’s the turn of “Digital is destroying everything”. It’s a book published a couple of years ago about the impact of the digital revolution on traditional businesses. In it, the author, Andrew Edwards, describes and explains how the digital through Robots, Big Data, Algorithms has literally destroyed and changed different kind of industries such as media news, education, financial services, publishing, music, the world of professions, the Urban life and so on.
I’ve personally read this book during the 2015 even if as a digital expert, I was already, consciously, aware of these trends, changes and evolutions.
I personally think this book might be a good stuff for digital beginners. In other words, for all those people who want to easily understand how the digital has impacted the world of business in the last 20 years.
As always, from it I’ve selected for you a couple of valuable takeaways. Enjoy!
“..Digital has brought uncountable benefits to us all — from instant blood sugar readouts to teller-free banking to movies (often free or nearly free) almost anywhere at almost any time — but digital has also left us with what may be permanent underemployment, a near-total loss of privacy, and a further retreat behind the flatscreen of our choice..”
“.. Digital is all disciplines practices and products relating to the information-technology industries..”
“..Instead of advertising in a newspaper, Brands brought keywords so they would come up neat the top in a Google Search, or they outright paid for space at the top of the list..”
“.. Digital — the combined power of internet protocol — enabled devices, the world wide web, cloud computing, cheap storage, algorithms, social media, massive data collection by marketers and governments, mobile apps and wireless connectivity is destroying everything..”
“.. There are a hundred million fingers on the keyboards now, telling us in real time about the shooting or the bombing or the wikileak or the guy who did that crazy thing you never would have expected in a tight-knit community. And it isn’t just blogs, of course. It’s Twitter and Facebook and Snapchat and WhatsApp and Higgledy — Piggledy and beyond..”
“..The democratization of news brought on by digital has created a virtual space not unlike a global hangout where everybody tells everybody everything about everything — a mashup of public and private, melody and dirge, as rich and varied as fresh tomatoes pulled wet and tasty right from the plant. Sometimes there’s a worm. And sometimes it’s not ripe. But lots of it is fresh and fulfilling..”
“..Digital has destroyed newsprint. And replaced it with a hundred million version of the truth..”
“.. Many of the effects of digital are long-term, energy sapping, depersonalizing, psychologically disadvantageous and economically damaging..”
“..In a digital world, we can have relationships and then immediately end them if we don’t like them..”
“..Digital, if it were to triumph in a currently dysfunctional higher-education system the way it triumphed in an unsuspecting book trade, would reduce the reach meal of a well-rounded education to the equivalent of a shallow platter of skim milk..”
“..Students are only behaving in reactive mode. Shocked by sticker price and goaded toward marketability and even personal branding by an ever more choosy job market, they gravitate toward what seems most advantageous. Without retrenchment on cost and a new focus on the real value of university attendance, digital will have destroyed education..”
“.. Digital now plays a role in shaping and possibly destroying the long term visibility of even the most precious urban landscapes. Digital delivers a form of instant gratification and instant presence no matter where you are — which means you do not have to be there to meaningfully participate in what we once might have called the fabric of urban life..”
“..Google is controlling our mind..”
“.. Regional accents, long eroded by television, will disappear as people speak less often, and speak much less often to groups of people who grew up and live neat them, and through whom a certain worldview is articulated in turns of phrase and sharpness of tongue..”
“.. But perhaps, digital will have destroyed urban life because the urbane, due to connectivity and collaborative technology, will not have to be anywhere in particular to be fully immersed in his or her community..”
“..In digital, everyone can be their own information curator..”
“.. Much of the news now comes from Internet sources that have supplanted reporting..”
“.. Digital has led to a Balkanization of ideas..”
I’ve done other reviews of books on the Digital Transformation, Digital Marketing and Communication world. Here they are: