If recent empirical and anecdotal evidence is any indication, computer science is about as trendy with college students today as phone-booth stuffing and pet rocks. But is the IT talent sky falling? I don't think so, because I feel the importance of a computer-science degree is overstated.
Lots of attention has been paid to blogging and its relation to traditional media. But I've been more interested in blogging as a quick-and-dirty enterprise knowledge management tool for internal use for internal use.
A project I'm working on here at InfoWorld (U.S.) reminds me of the packaging of a brand of bagged ice back in my native North Carolina. The name of that ice company escapes me, but my memory of the packaging is crystal clear: "Never touched by human hands!" Back then, I immediately pictured the competition's ice factories, filled with workers loading filthy ice into bags, water dripping on the floor, their thoughtless handling of the ice exceeded only by the general squalor of their surroundings.