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Nicco Mele on how technology radically changes everything

The resident futurist at Davis Square digital firm EchoDitto sounds off on his forthcoming book, “The End of Big.”

Big things that are ending include big newspapers, big universities, big political parties, big armies, big entertainment companies, big government, and big manufacturing. It’s the DECLINE OF POWER of these big things.

Our technology [mobile phones, the Internet, social media] dramatically EMPOWERS INDIVIDUALS and allows them to OPT OUT OF A LOT OF OUR INSTITUTIONS, from creative [ones] like record labels and publishing companies all the way to the way our government works. These days you can have a pretty impressive experience with online education yourself with lectures from elite universities that are available for free.

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