I'm becoming increasingly thoughtful about where the Internet leads. All societies cater to the lowest common denominator because that's where most of the audience is, whether it's the circuses of Rome or the traveling freak shows of the 19th century. It's to be expected that 98% of Internet content is effectively meaningless or actively harmful. But what about the 2% that has positive value? In the old days books would contain this information. Therefore it would reach a much smaller audience, but the content would persist for decades and perhaps even centuries. Today content can reach more people instantly, but how long does it persist? We thus live in an age of forgetfulness. Yet culture requires foundations that aren't instantly ephemeral. So I'm less concerned about whether Twitter wakes up to the trouble it's created far too late to make any difference whatsoever, and more concerned about the fact we're in danger of losing our collective ability to remember things beyond the sunset of each passing day.

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