Leapdragon 2016 - Aron Hsiao Was Here

Integration, solidarity, and their discontents.  §

Courtesy of Facebook

When the history books are written, I suspect that they will say that the invention and rise of social media in the United States brought about the ends of many previous forms of integration:

  • Many nuclear and extended families
  • Many local communities
  • Many configurations of civil society
  • The United States and others as nation-states

It is Benedict Anderson in reverse, or rather, with the directions of forces and natural boundaries re-written to favor alternate configurations.

It will be Zuckerberg whose legacy is the destruction of an entire epoch’s system of social order around the globe, at virtually every scale.