The Internet Keeps Us More Disconnected?

from the big-generalizations dept

Ah, backlash. Salon is reviewing a recent book The Control Revolution: How The Internet is Putting Individuals in Charge and Changing the World We Know in which they say the author really is saying that the internet, instead of breaking down barriers between people pushes us further apart as we find sources of news and information that agree with us, and stick to them and ignore any other viewpoint. There may be some truth to this, but I don't think that's particularly different than pre-internet, and the internet at least lets curious people have better access to differing points of view. But, that doesn't make as good a story.
Hide this

Thank you for reading this Techdirt post. With so many things competing for everyone’s attention these days, we really appreciate you giving us your time. We work hard every day to put quality content out there for our community.

Techdirt is one of the few remaining truly independent media outlets. We do not have a giant corporation behind us, and we rely heavily on our community to support us, in an age when advertisers are increasingly uninterested in sponsoring small, independent sites — especially a site like ours that is unwilling to pull punches in its reporting and analysis.

While other websites have resorted to paywalls, registration requirements, and increasingly annoying/intrusive advertising, we have always kept Techdirt open and available to anyone. But in order to continue doing so, we need your support. We offer a variety of ways for our readers to support us, from direct donations to special subscriptions and cool merchandise — and every little bit helps. Thank you.

–The Techdirt Team

Reader Comments

Subscribe: RSS

View by: Time | Thread

  1. identicon
    Mark Gallagher, 9 Nov 1999 @ 2:36pm

    There is a point here

    I truly do agree with the basic point here, if not with some of the specifics.

    There a are a few people who actually do use the web to get exposure to other ideas and communities, but the trend is definitely towards user-speciallization of content. Consumer profiling to target advertising, new filters, and so on.

    I have seen, first hand, how on-line "communities" can provide wildly distorted context for assessing a behavior's commonality and acceptability. There is nothing new here, of course, people have been forming and joining cults to accomplish the same thing as long as there have been people. However, the web (and its accompanying filtering technologies) do make it much easier and cheaper to isolate onself for unfamiliar or offensive ideas. Basic economics says that if its cheaper, more people will do it.

    Not the end of the world, but something to think about.

Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here

Subscribe to the Techdirt Daily newsletter

Comment Options:

  • Use markdown. Use plain text.
  • Make this the First Word or Last Word. No thanks. (get credits or sign in to see balance)    
  • Remember name/email/url (set a cookie)

Follow Techdirt

Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Essential Reading
Techdirt Deals
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Techdirt Insider Discord

The latest chatter on the Techdirt Insider Discord channel...

Recent Stories

This site, like most other sites on the web, uses cookies. For more information, see our privacy policy. Got it

Email This

This feature is only available to registered users. Register or sign in to use it.