There are numerous advantages to dropping our familiar labels, distinctions and rules for sorting stuff.When we stored information on paper, the physical limitations of paper necessitated some of us becoming experts. We relied on their eyeballs to see the pieces of paper with the right information on it. We also relied on their brains to make sense of what they read, to apply the information to problems and to function effectively in our world. The well-read experts became authorities by the particular pieces of paper their eyeballs scanned. They held power over us because we could not find, access and utilize those same pieces of paper without taking huge amounts of time and incurring great expense. Command and control structures arose to cultivate and maintain the power that was centralized by information being stored on paper.
We're now storing information in bits. What we need to know is everywhere all the time. Instead of needing to know where to find it, we can locate it easily. It's filed under "miscellaneous". Each location has countless cross references, tags and links that create more ways to find it.Our need for experts is fading away. Centralized command and control systems are losing buy-in from their markets or citizenry. The information that was so difficult to find, access and utilize -- is becoming ubiquitous. The category of "expert" is losing its meaning. The need to pay for "privileged access" is losing commercial viability. We're becoming a free information society all over the globe.