The Age of Completeness is Over…

Data, No Beginning or End...

First off, what exactly is “completeness” anyway?  Well the short answer is it’s a “linear” life style or habit where one starts at the front and finishes at the back proceeding through material or tasks in a step by step orderly fashion.  So why now you ask is this over?

Lets hark backwards to the day of the printed news paper, when the paperboy would rise up early on a cold winter morning to make his rounds tossing a bundle of “wood pulp” known at the time as a “news paper” onto your doorstep or there a bouts as he peddled by your home on his bicycle.  Afterwards most likely your father would gather this paper which contained the day’s news a good day or two after it happened and sat down at the breakfast table unrolling it to the front page.

It is here where “completeness” would start as he would read the front page headlines and then skim downward to check the local happenings and of course the weather, then he would page through the remainder of the paper in a sequential order as he took an occasional sip of his coffee or bite of toast.  At about the time his cup was empty and nothing but crumbs remained from the morning breakfast he would be at the last page and mother would be shooing him off to the office for yet another 9 to 5 day.

However the paper your parents read was “complete” as it had a start and an end along with an order to a finite amount of data.  On top of this all, the order of the information was created by someone else unknown to you and in a way they felt your parents as well as everyone else (like cogs in a machine) should read it, like it or not that’s how it showed up.

Today it’s different as information doesn’t have either a start or end and in realistic terms no order either as the internet has provided for the ultimate free flowing spigot of information right to your home with no paperboy involved.  Here we’ve moved from a “flat file” mentality of hierarchical data read in a sequential format starting at the top and proceeding downward.  Today however the world is different as we now live in a sea of “random” accessible data, where the reader selects their own information at their own choosing.

However what does this have to do with completeness?  Years of this forced sequential access has trained us much like Pavlov’s dogs to seek completeness, to start at the front and finish at the back, however when there isn’t either a front or a back nor order how does one achieve “completeness“?  The simple answer is they don’t, the concept of “completeness” is gone as no longer will there be someone to spoon feed us the data consuming population our information, instead you will become a responsible party of your own self to provide for your decision points of order and selection of data which you will consume.

As the walls of “completeness” has fallen, there will be no starting, ending, nor order as be-it news, e-mails, RSS feeds, etc.  All will simply form a steady stream of data you will wade into and out of at the speed of thought…

About Joseph Campbell

As a strong believer in the fact that "people work for people", it has been a life driver to better to understand the complexities of the various aspects which drive efficiency within this axiom, especially the concepts of leadership. Supporting this, I have been fortunate enough to having experienced this as leader on a global basis over the last decade and half. During this time it has been clear there are three core drivers being Life, Leadership and Economics.
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