Willie Nelson Comes to Jocotepec: The Internet and Social Fragmentation
By Fred Reed
February 12, 2016
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The aggregate effect was a manufactured unanimity or the appearance of one. In the post-war prosperity, Americans bought washing machines and tract houses and were content. Television was wholesome, sterile, and not very informative. Superman jumped out of window to promote truth, justice, and the American way, then thought to be related.
Came the internet. Fairly suddenly, every point of view became available to everybody: The KKK, the Black Panthers, communists, fascists, feminists, loon left and loon right, the-earth-is-flatters. The social media and comment sections allowed lateral communication with a vengeance.
A consequence was that the major media became known for what they were, propaganda organs of those who ran the country. Stories that the fossil media would have liked to ignore flew instantly to hundreds of thousands of inboxes, appeared on countless blogs and websites—often with cell-cam video.
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I think this is an astute observation. That and the aspect of “lateral communication”.
“Lateral thinking” has been around for awhile and helps one “see” missed choices and find missed solutions. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lateral_thinking
The Free State Project https://freestateproject.org/about/101-reasons-move-new-hampshire would have been virtually impossible without the inet.
In my own profession of computer engineering, the inet has exposed that most large corporations have NO disaster recovery. Sure they can put files in the cloud, but can they restart their business after a data center is wiped out. Timing is everything. But the leadership wants to play “ostrich” and waste money believing their IT executives. Interesting that this big bluff has yet to be “called” yet.
What else has the inet silently revolutionized without being realized?
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