Some things change. More people are reading books via kindle, iPad etc than ever before. More business gets done “virtually” through distance conferencing than ever before and so on. Came across Douglas Copeland’s article in the New York Times about ” A Dictionary of the Near Future” which makes for interesting reading. Yet some things don’t change..
If we aren’t careful, we end up having more people doing the same work as ever before. Many years ago, the British Professor, C. Northcote Parkinson wrote Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.
An excellent example is provided in this article in Heretical.
In India, the bureaucracy is accused of being a major contributor in seeing that Parkinson’s Law does not merely exist but indeed continues to flourish . And this more than half a century after it was first written! I shoudn’t be too unkind, however, to Indian bureaucracy. I guess the same thing happens every where in the world.