Internet and community

Who will the cultural winners be in the age of the Internet?

It seems to undermine centralization, so it may make “social justice” less of a threat. On the other hand, it puts everybody and everything in immediate touch and so puts everything somewhat on a par, with exchange (that is, money) and arbitrary choice the organizing principles.

So a big challenge will be limiting its effect on communities. I think to meet the challenge a community will have to have quite a strong organizing principle and discipline. So things look good for the Amish and strict Orthodox Jews, I’m not sure just who else.

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