Internet Effects: Defined by the Internet

We are in the Internet Age and that means the Internet shapes everything, including humans and their relationships with each other and with everything else.  Here’s Bill McKibben’s comment on this point: “Our accelerating disappearance into the digital ether now defines us–we are the mediated people, whose contact with one another and the world around us is now mostly veiled by a screen.  We threaten to rebel, just as we threaten to move to Canada after an election.  But we don’t; the current is too fierce to swim to shore.”

Don’t swim against the Internet current!  Accept the Internet and its effects!  Find solutions to problems via the Internet, specifically by building open Internet problem-solving networks.  Scientists are doing this, and so did the US Patent Office.

About georgebeam

George Beam is an educator and author. The perspectives that inform his interpretations of the topics of this blog–-as well as his other writings and university courses -–are system analysis, behaviorism, and Internet effects. Specific interests include quality management, methodology, and politics. He is Associate Professor Emeritus, Department of Public Administration; Affiliated Faculty, Department of Political Science; and, previously, Head, Department of Public Administration, University of Illinois at Chicago
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