Here are five thoughts on the word digital used in a variety of contexts:

In the digital age of ‘overnight’ success stories such as Facebook, the hard slog is easily overlooked.

— James Dyson, British inventor, industrial designer and founder of the Dyson company

In this digital age, there is no place to hide behind public relations people. This digital age requires leaders to be visible and authentic and to be able to communicate the decisions they’ve made and why they’ve made them, to be able to acknowledge when they’ve made a mistake and to move forward, to engage in the debate.

— Gail Kelly, Australian businesswoman, former CEO of Westpac

You’re talking about a younger generation, Generation Y, whose interpersonal communication skills are different from Generation X. The younger generation is more comfortable saying something through a digital mechanism than even face to face.

— Eric Qualman, Bestselling and Pulitzer nominated author

Yeah, look, I think what we have with the social media and the digital media, and all the telecommunications we have today is a big megaphone, amplification.

— Mike Dewine, Lawyer and Politician

Digital time does not flow; it flicks. Like any binary, discrete decision, it is either here or there. In contrast to our experience of the passing of time, digital time is always in the now, or in no time. It is still. Poised.

— Douglas Rushkoff, Media Theorist, Writer, Columnist, Lecturer, Graphic Novelist, and Documentarian

Life in the digital age is being invented and re-invented everyday. People are working to understand how to work with it and use it to amplify their own voices, businesses, or movements.

How digital tools can help you depends on where you want to go and what you want to do.

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