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Indeed; I'd go even further and say that we live less in "bubbles" than we did as little as 50 or 60 years ago, and 200 years ago the "bubble" was damn near impenetrable, and that's because electronic transmissions - first telegraph, then radio, then television, now the internet - have closed distances that were otherwise insuperably vast.

You're living in Kerch in 1609. How the hell do you know what's happening in Vienna? You may or may not be literate, but if you are you might get hold of the local news-sheet that has months-old news from western Europe. Or more likely, not. You get market gossip, sure...but how garbled is that?

In fact, you know - and care - nearly nothing about what's as little as a couple of hundred miles from you.

Fast forward to Cairo, Illinois, 1809. Much different? Hell, no.

Cairo, 1909? finally have a local newspaper that prints national news, or, at least some. And may or may not have some days- to weeks-old international news. And, again, if you're literate, and force yourself to pay attention, you might pick up on that stuff. You have a pretty good grasp of big national issues, but you don't really know much (or care) about, say, Chicago politics.

1959? You've got the radio on in your shop, and you get the local, national, AND international news.

1979? Now you've got television.

2019? You can travel anywhere with a click of a mouse.

So, no. The only people living in "bubbles" in 2019 have chosen to live there.

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