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Jan 24, 2001 05:11 PM
by ramadoss

I posted the msg below in 6/1999 and re-read it when it was found by one of
the search engines. May be it is interesting to revisit after 18 months and
see what is happening.

The broadband led by cable and dsl is becoming a reality. Distribution of
material -- all kinds -- written, spoken, music, video is taking place by
what Napster has done. This is going to continue fueled by the broadband
access. So the silent information revolution is going on everyday, much
fueled by interested innovative individuals rather than multinational
corporations always with an eye on making a buck.

"Spiritual" organizations -- including theosophical -- seem to continue to
follow the old model - does not seem to be at the forefront of internet
revolution. So if the current trend continues, what is the role of these
organizations in the long run? Good question for each one of us to ponder
and questions also rise as to the effectiveness of funding old-model

Very interesting to watch further developments.

Any comments?


Date: Wed, 02 Jun 1999 00:42:12 -0500

One more indication of the power shift from traditional/organizational to
grass roots level can be seen in the decision of Merrill Lynch to get on
the online trading bandwagon.

When Schwab introduced online trading, the idea was dismissed by ML who
used the traditional human brokers to put thru trades. This increased the
cost to the customers. Now the online trading bypasses the brokers.

More changes in the way we do business is on its way.

>>From the horse/ox buggy to supersonic transportation, we have come a long
way. The transportation revolution has shrunk the world. Next comes the
communication world with phones, cell phones, pagers and now
Internet/Evernet integrated to all of them and more. The communication
revolution is still on its march like the traditional Juggernaut crushing
all who stand in its way. BTW, I just found out that some companies are
selling long distance at 3 cents a minute with a fixed 35 cent charge per
call or 5 cents a minute with a fixed 25 cent per call.

With all the communication changes taking place, the pencil and paper and
communication is bound to go the way rail roads gave way to road and air

Stay tuned for more.


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