I've wanted to, for some time, write an essay on where I think privacy is going due to the Internet and various Big Brother effects (including the effect of the millions of little brother effects (dude with a camera phone) that combine into it…), and with this Project Chanology and the various tactics used, it brought up the other important point - the Internet is making reality… democratic? This has particular application to SA - with metatech, you can sell people a story about the world that may be true or might not. As entertainment technology progresses, we also get better and better at making fabricated realities. How do I know what is true in the world, and what is false? Whose story do I trust? As Stephen Colbert very aptly put, the Wikipedia, now AFAIK the primary source of news on the Internet, is a (mostly) democratic reality. As Anon is fighting for, the Internet has as core "values" two things: The ability to find any opinion, and the ability to ignore any opinion. When I can go and find the Choir to Preach to, what's going to force me to examine my opinions and beliefs?
Out of semicoherent thoughts. What does the Internet mean for humanity's development?