Re: Huge advance has come with an unintended cost
Daniel, I think the part that is the largest shift in all of this is the lack of understanding, by many, many users, that the world does not actually revolve around them (personally). The ME-centre has infantilised many users, lacking (as they seem to do) any understanding that they are merely part of a larger whole (or larger part of something), and that not everything one puts on the net creates value for everyone else.
I am not in favour of a return to a formalised structure that 'kept everyone in their place' (such as religion tries to do, for a non-exclusive example), but it seems we need some sort of much larger, more expansive, education that helps kids and young adults start to seriously find their place as part of a larger whole, and their best efforts and thoughts and work may make things better for all.
At the same time, with care, one of the most wonderfful and democratic developments in society as a result of both the web and the internet is the slow breaking down of caste and class. The ability to be somewhat, or completely, anonymous has a HUGE advantage in this area.
Best wishes from Toronto on a blowy, snowy, blustery night ...