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I've taken the time, at last, to put in slides my theory about social media. It's not about technology, it's about a deeper change in our world, one that makes communities, online or not, rise. In a nutshell, I think we've been evolving for the past 250 years from a society of individuals to a society of communities, a motion led by the US, and with 1620, the Mayflower and the Pilgrim Fathers as a starting point.
In this set of slides, I go through the American and French revolution, and the way they help to understand how identities are on the rise everywhere, and how they fit into communities. Internet is more an output of this trend, and a catalyzer, as it gives so many possible channels and interactions possible for any identity (gender, sexuality, race, religion, hobby, work…) to express.
You can also read the summary of my article on my blog martinpasquier.com