IT Trends :: Thursday, June 7, 2007

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It's Not Easy Being Red
By Terry Calhoun

Uh oh, he's going to get all political. Nope. This has nothing to do with red state versus blue state, despite the political season. Nor has it anything to do with communist red, despite the current news about relations between the United States and Russia. It has to do with the proliferation of information that's getting closer and closer to home with each new information technology advance. The "Red Folk" I refer to in this title are people who have this natural urge to control things. For them, life is getting tough....

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