The internet--the blogosphere--will play out in one of two ways. Either it will become a platform for a great experiment in Athenian democracy where everyone has a part, or it will become Babel and will split apart entirely into disconnected voices without a shared language. What will determine this is how strictly people seek out only those voices that reinforce their own.
Thursday, March 8, 2007
Athens or Babel?
This is from an interview this morning with Lee Bollinger, president of Columbia University, on the Brian Lehrer Show, WNYC. I am paraphrasing by memory, so any inaccuracies in quoting are mine.