On the way home from the blogger dinner, I had an epiphany of sort about the effect of Internet on social networks. The revealation was that, while Internet creates new relationships, it also creates new divisions. Internet builds new bridges but those bridges are built at the individual level and not at the group level. At the group level, walls instead of bridges are formed.
My last thoughts as I drove into my house were:
Politeness silences and rudeness divides.
Relationships bind and blind.
Conflicts unite and divide.
Sum it all up and the result is not encouraging. I hope I am wrong.