The Internet as Spoiled Child

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The best place to understand the behavior of the Internet might be a first-grade school playground.


The internet of today does not seems to be a place of culture or higher purpose. This article looks at other aspects of human behavior that might help to understand how it evolves and how long it might take to create a civilized ecosystem that exhibits the better angels of our human nature.


  • Without governments society is a most unpleasant experience. The lawless nature of the wild west is an example of the sort of life that is nasty, brutish and short which is the state of nature that Thomas Hobbes called "the war of all against all" which can be avoided only by strong, undivided government.
  • John Perry Barlow argues for just that sort of unpleasant experience when he wrote