Mastering the Information Age

McCarthy, Michael J.
January 1991
2020 Vision - Business Book Summaries;1991, Vol. 1 Issue 1, p1
Book summary
Using the analogy, "You are what you eat," McCarthy suggests in Mastering the Information Age, that we also metabolize thoughts, feelings, sounds, colors, smells, etc., thus, human beings need intellectual food as well as physical nutrition. He projects that because integrity and ethics will be the major concern of the 1990s, the quest for money and possessions is increasingly becoming a counterproductive activity that blinds one to higher-valued information. In this regard, exchanging selfishness, negativity, and complaints for a positive, appreciative attitude remains key. The information explosion and the inadequacies of our educational system have combined to keep us unprepared for the Information Age. This un-preparedness is called information GAPS, and can be defined as not having the necessary skills to Gather, Access, Process, and Share information. Despite these gaps, anyone can still become a Master of the Information Age. This Master:• Knows how to find accurate and up-to-date information.• Can quickly and effectively extract the essence of information.• Knows how to use the latest tools and technology to research information.• Is a superior reader (reading quickly and actively). Current business literature, emphasizes the fact that information is not only the cause and effect of technology, but the essence of biological and social life on this planet. To make the most of information, all societies and their institutions must move from the increasingly obsolete Newtonian mechanistic paradigm to a more viable organic perspective that by its very nature implies a more active involvement by all individuals. McCarthy believes that the personal and social problems of the world come from narrow thinking and expediency and advocates developing a mind that sees the big picture-the more global, holistic view. Mastering the Information Age provides a significant service by distilling the important and useful principles of active learning into a lifestyle of "intelligence" necessary for success in the new Information Age.


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