Productivity and Complexity on the Web

The recent “The Cult of the Complex” by @zeldman kept me thinking, just like this tweet by @dhh did. I also feel like there was a time where our work has been much more productive and efficient a few years ago. I keep wondering if there could be a correlation between our productivity and the increased complexity, mainly caused by the ways we work today. My initial thought was “No way, things are so much better than they used to be…!”, but no doubt, they’re also much more complex now.

So here’s the serious, and thought-provoking question: Has our work gotten so much more complex that this complexity might hinder us more than it helps?

What do you think? What’s your impression? Let me know your thoughts.