maybe it's the couple shots of whiskey but when i think of how the internet has affected us i am reminded of a quote by charles bukowski.
"We're all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn't. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing."
there is an infinite wealth of information and communication at our fingertips, but as a whole we are more interested in trivial shit. social status, getting other people fired, the current rape statistics in sweden, and pornography of cartoon characters. i believe that humanity as a whole will continue to invent shit we're just not ready for, for better or worse. it would be too easy to say the internet has opened pandora's box, that shit has been open since 1945.
This is not a remotely useful analogy for the world today.
Honestly, I think this thread might best become two: "how has the internet affected interaction" and "is the Calhoun experiment even viable as a model for human society". They're completely separate and I think equally interesting discussions, but in one thread, it becomes muddled.
I don't think it's possible to consider how the Internet has affected culture without acknowledging the fact that material insecurity has drastically increased for many people over the last few decades and that this will obviously affect 'culture' as well.
I miss Bukowski, even though he was arguably a lolcow himself.
“now it’s computers and more computers
and soon everybody will have one,
3-year-olds will have computers
and everybody will know everything
about everybody else
long before they meet them.
nobody will want to meet anybody
else ever again
and everybody will be
like I am now.”
If the phenomenon of 'the beautiful ones' was applicable to the internet then we would all look like Fabio, and that clearly isn't the case.