Forget information age, now is the reputation age
We are experiencing a fundamental paradigm shift in our relationship to knowledge. From the ‘information age’, we are moving towards the ‘reputation age’, in which information will have value only if it is already filtered, evaluated and commented upon by others.
There used to be a time when people go to school to learn from the guru - teachers and professors. This time is long gone - with such things as APPs for DIY task completion, self help information everywhere, and wikipedia allowing someone to "learn on the fly". We are no longer in the age of knowledge, but rather the age of hyper information. Any information that is not 100% true is theoretically 100% wrong, unless there is someone telling you the gap of knowledge. We are entering an age where everyone is a student, everyone is a teacher, and everyone is a salesman.
It used to be that reputation pertains to local small circles - within a company, within academia, within a school. Now people interact much broadly, cross-disciplinary, and cross all sorts of social and economic boundaries. The score keepers of reputations - Reddit mods, FB likes, LinkedIn endorsement, is going to be here for the rest of the lives for the current generation of young people - who have not even developed career, capital and economic surviving skills yet.