Justin Jacoby Smith is an organizer, web geek, Buddhist, and poet.

The Internet: We Still Don't Get It

The internet may make for more freedom a hundred years from now, but there's no historical law of progress that says it has to.

As Andrew Pettegree shows in his fine new study, “The Book in the Renaissance,” the mainstay of the printing revolution in seventeenth-century Europe was not dissident pamphlets but royal edicts, printed by the thousand: almost all the new media of that day were working, in essence, for kinglouis.gov.

Since I was about 12 I've been arguing that we didn't fully understand the ramifications of the internet--especially the social internet--because we were way too close to the fault line to understand how these new kinds of connections were changing everything. It's nice to see that the eggheads are finally catching up with my awesome ahead-of-the-curveness.

Read Robert K Logan's "The Sixth Language" for more on this kind of thing. It's the technology-induced realization of interbeing.

How the Internet Gets Inside Us : The New Yorker.