capability. Because social effects lag behind technological ones by decades, real revolutions don’t involve an orderly transition from point A to point B. Rather, they go from A through a long period of chaos and only then reach B. In that chaotic period, the old systems get broken
anyway. The comparison with the printing press doesn’t suggest that we are entering a bright new future—for a hundred years after it started, the printing press broke more things than it fixed, plunging Europe into a period of intellectual and political chaos that ended only in the 1600s.
Society, puts it, “The internet means you don’t have to convince anyone else that something is a good idea before trying it.”
of existence. By the end of the year, with fifteen thousand articles in place and the rate of growth
Note: nupedia like formal mug start