When Netscape kicked off the consumer internet in 1994, maybe 30 million families on Earth had a PC with an online connection. Today five billion people have a smartphone. We were going to connect the world, and we did, and we swept away all the old barriers to communication and free flow of information. Then we started to wonder if that was a good thing.
The trouble is, when you connect society, you connect all of society’s problems and all of our own worst instincts, reflexes and cognitive biases, and all of that is expressed, channelled and amplified in new ways, that we don’t really understand. Beavis and Butt-Head are in their forties now, and they’re on the internet, and so is David Icke.