“In its death throes, the mega state is gonna make a lot of mess.”

Glynn Marshes shares

. . . an interview with Louis Rossetto, co-founder of Wired magazine, by Reason‘s Nick Gillespie. Starts with predictions Rossetto made in the 1990s about the impact of Internet technology and then moves to what’s happened since, touching on the impact on mainstream media, political discourse, and (yay) human consciousness 😉

Despite the “lot of mess” comment, Rossetto is generally positive:

The digital revolution has been marching through society and demolishing institutions left and right . . .

There’s a real need for something else, and what that something else is . . . is for citizens, humans, to re-capture the civic space from those institutions that have taken it over in the 20th century for themselves.

And I think he’s onto something, with this — the Internet may well represent a newly emerging “consensual” consciousness, or way for human consciousness to organize itself, which in turn might precipitate social changes in ways we can’t necessarily anticipate.

At this point there are 3 billion people connected to the Internet, which is still only less than half of . . . humanity . . .

Teilhard de Chardin talked about the globe enrobing itself — making itself a brain out of electronic . . . technology . . .

I have a sense that there’s a certain level of consciousness that we can’t perceive any more any more than fish understand — that things are happening without our control or knowledge.

Via Instapundit.

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2 Responses to “In its death throes, the mega state is gonna make a lot of mess.”

  1. Fenster says:

    I think it is wise, or just inevitable, for libertarianism to redefine itself in line with the directions outlined here. Sure, “live free or die” libertarians from New Hampshire will resonate to Rosetto’s prediction that the mega-state is in for a good drubbing. But the “live free” he envisions is curiously communitarian and consensual.


  2. Great interview, tks for sharing it. That image of digital tech marching thru society and demolishing institutions as it goes is certainly a good and vivid one. I often wonder what’s going to happen to some of the institutions we really take for granted: education, government, money … We’ve seen the impact on retail, as well as on music, magazines and other media bizzes. Why politicians (and the pundits who write about them) not realize that this tidal wave is headed their way too? Any hunches or bets about what some of the results might be?


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