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This reminds me of The Circle by Dave Eggars, and there must be dozens more out there. Everyone expects the Internet to Mean something, and no one çan quite figure out what, so they all fall back on alienation from "reality" while trying to invent a print syntax that emulates the fragmented free-association of "posts". Did novelists fret about television, or radio, or the telegraph like this?

This seems to tie in with the more general free-floating fear in the world. I think the one thing in America we all agree on is we are terrified of the future. Conservative see the loss of their privilege as the default of society, liberals think if the fascist terrorists don't get us global warming will. There used to be think pieces in magazines, and many science fiction stories, about the ever-increasing rate of change in our society, always portrayed as a problem. Maybe that's what has everyone spooked.

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