Today you cannot say that you do not know something, there is no longer any justification for ignorance. Not knowing is simply not acceptable in the Digital Age. Information is within a hand’s reach or rather, available at a click of the mouse button, at everybody’s disposal 24 hours a day, directly accessible from the smartphone we keep close at hand to telephone, chat, post and take photographs … Today, everything is closer, more accessible, often free of charge, to the point that saying “I didn’t manage to find out” is equivalent to confessing a lack of interest, a bit like when we justify our laziness by saying that we haven’t enough time to go to the gym. It’s not a question of time but of will. “He could not have not known” is no longer just a criminal charge but a statement that has a concrete meaning in the society that we have built. That’s true because in the situation that has come about it is not possible not to know, by subscribing to newsletters, sharing contents, writing on blogs, organizing social communities and taking part in forums where we can ask questions to people who know more than us about the issue in question, to find vertical answers, as we say today, on the topics of interest. The social media rule as they are an extremely important sharing tool with a specific barycentre concerning the various topics. We’re not just talking about Facebook but also Linkedin and Twitter and many others so if you have never found interesting contents on the social media you must be following the wrong people or the wrong pages.
This is true because the liberalization of contents forces us to make a choice. We are no longer like the common people of the Middle Ages who were denied all access to culture for reasons of costs and convenience. Culture and information are a double-edged sword, because, in many cases, the company gives its employees the responsibility for obtaining the necessary information, without considering that the loss of control of information may entail a training that diverges, even if only in part, from the company’s internal objectives. The technology that makes the contents available at any time of the day or night thus becomes a democratic tool for distributing responsibilities between the employer and the employee. If, on the one hand, it is true that you cannot not know and the person that is to learn is responsible for obtaining the knowledge, the same applies to the company, who cannot simply wash their hands of the issue. The company remains responsible for checking the work done and also the responsibility of putting the employees in a position to be able to learn and to indicate the most suitable contents (hence the logic lying at the basis of the Content Learning Management System) to implement the skills required to do their job well. Information technology not only makes the data accessible, it also enables us to fill cultural gaps in the sectors that we have neglected in time but forces us to move rapidly, whether we are employees or entrepreneurs, because everything that we find can also be accessed by other people. Internet is therefore a democratic but also strongly diriment, as whoever accesses the information first will have a greater possibility of using it. The games on the employment market will no longer be played between those who possess an asset and those who do not, but on the speed of access and the quality of the knowledge possessed. A future that is already here today.