In Chapter 9, “The Connected Society” of Smarter Than You Think, Clive Thompson describes how the use of the Internet has created a global connection that would not otherwise be possible. The distinct forms of communication provided by the internet (i.e. tweets, email, instant message, skype) have been used both socially and politically.
But the Internet and modern digital tools have been particularly romanticized. Our ability to communicate instantly across vast distances, to speak to the world and to each other, seems uniquely freedomish. In the West, in particular, we tend to regard speech as both a proxy for emancipation and its inevitable catalyst; and if the Internet has done anything, it’s produced a global flood of speech (249).What’s one scene or topic from the chapter that drew your interest? Why or how so? Please provide page citation.