In 1870, *Harper's Bazaar* was filled with information from cover to cover, each page overflowing with photos, text, and diagrams.
In the early 1900s, the shift to white space in periodicals radically changed not only the printed page, but also our very culture. Plummeting printing prices had allowed designers to remove content from the pages. The age of white space was upon us. Culturally, white spaces say to the world - we are wealthy, we are abundant in resources, and can literally throw away precious space and information.
The 2000s brought us the constrained knowledge culture. Shorts from blogs, character limited messaging, even videos that only last seven seconds.
Fast forward to the 2010s. Today’s information consumer is presented with something radically different - ephemeral media. It marks a shift in how we create, consume, and respect knowledge.
For 30 years, IT has been struggling with knowledge management. In an information-rich age, this struggle has led us to the age of the disposables. From Snapchat, Workshifting, Car2Go, and even URL's that expire, couch surfing apps to API’s that direct you to Meetup for free meals.