Global Village Idiocy. Tom Friedman continues his work for yet another well-deserved Pulitzer. The nut grafs:
… [T]hanks to the Internet and satellite TV, the world is being wired together technologically, but not socially, politically or culturally. We are now seeing and hearing one another faster and better, but with no corresponding improvement in our ability to learn from, or understand, one another. So integration, at this stage, is producing more anger than anything else….
At its best, the Internet can educate more people faster than any media tool we’ve ever had. At its worst, it can make people dumber faster than any media tool we’ve ever had.
This is nothing that net-wise pundits and journo haven’t been saying for years. But Friedman adds an important data point, and adds it in his typically elegant and clear manner.