Hyperpolitics (American Style)

Mark Pesce, Edge, Jul 28, 2008
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This is exactly right (and by no means limited to American politics): "The future looks nothing like democracy, because democracy, which sought to empower the individual, is being obsolesced by a social order which hyperempowers him" (my emphasis). Some think this might look like Wikipedia (I hope not, for reasons evident in the article) while others (such as myself) think it may look like the blogosphere. In any event, this article is worth reading. "We are all committed, we are all passionate. We merely lacked the lever to effectively translate the force of our commitment and passion into power. That lever has arrived, in my hand and yours."
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