We have reached an age when this stuff is technologically boring enough to be socially interesting…This isn’t a side effect. This is the Internet. This is a case where it’s not an improvement to society, it’s also a challenge.
— Social commentator and Internet theorist Clay Shirky, who just gave an interesting talk on group mind and the perils and wonders of the Web, promoting his new book. Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations. This quote refers to a women’s mag site, which have attracted a lot of pro-anorexia supporters and have had to be shut down, because too many girls were learning the tricks of the eating disorder trade just by logging on. It’s a blessing and a curse, this free library, soapbox, dartboard. But you already knew that.