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.