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January 8, 2008

Full Circle

Posted by Brad Abare | Filed under: Philosophy

I blogged about Andy Whitlock a couple months ago when he talked about putting meaning before marketing. Andy later pointed me to an older post of his about how companies behave. It's quite the read and echoes a lot of what Personality™ is all about.

I find it quite interesting how so many things come full circle. Andy had watched The Corporation, a movie that tells how the idea for corporations came about by the need to create a "person" (a shelter of sorts) that was made up of people but was not an actual human. Today, the talk is all about how companies need to become human again. Full circle.

This reminds me of the telephonic communication story. After years of trying, on March 10, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell and his assistant, Thomas Watson, would hear each other's voice over a wire for the first time. Just three years later the Bell Company had connected 133,000 telephones. This all came about because Bell and Watson figured out how to convert data signals across wires into voice. Now, over 100 years later we figured out how to send data over those same voice lines to get the Internet (remember those modem sounds with AOL dial up?), which now again is being converted into voice for VOIP. Full circle.

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