Kevin kelly book


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Kelly Chapter 3 “Flowing” (pp 61-83)

Read the chapter and respond to the following in at least 3 well-developed


● What does Kelly mean by “Flowing”? How does is relate to “liquidity”?


● Which of the eight generatives that Kelly claims are “better than free” do you

put the most value into? Give an example of where you see this quality.

● In what other areas have we seen “fixities” become “flows”? Is there a media

form that you have a hard time seeing going from fixed to flowing? Explain.

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Topic: Analysis of Chapter 3: Flowing
Thesis Statement: Kevin Kelly is a futurist author and in his book, The Inevitable, he talks about
some of the technological forces that are likely to shape the future in the face of increasing virtual
reality, artificial intelligence, and a world increasingly more connected with information. In
chapter three, Kelly notes that the internet has become like the largest copy machine in the world
(Kelly, 2017). The digital economy in the world is facilitated by what he likens to a river of freeflowing copies. The digital age has gone at least three revolutions starting with the first one
borrowed from the industrial age, the second one about the web and the third one which is the age
of computing. As the browsers and pages diminish in their significance, the future is about the
flows and streams. Everything needs to have a flow in order to operate in real time. Things that
cannot be copied such as trust are the only ones that are truly valuable. As a result of flow then
comes liquidity. Liquidity ensures that there is an ease in creating things and it ensures that there
is fluidity instead of fixity. Once there is fluidity streaming is brought about.


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