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  •  Indeed. My son contends that the entire brick and (5+ / 0-)

    mortar retail model may face extinction. Hard copy books are already facing that with impacts on libraries and the very concept of "public library."

    There is a danger there as well. It may be much more difficult to mobilize, particularly on local and regional issues, a citizenry with no "hard copy" links locally. Consider some coffee shops I know. Nobody is talking. Nobody is even visiting with people at the same table. They are all "elsewhere"—maybe across an ocean. Texting family members in the same house has become common.

    If "the commons" is diffuse electronic then how do you mobilize it for concrete actions in your town, county, state and even nation. Think globally, act locally is a nice idea, but if even in daily contacts it is communicate without boundaries can such a diffuse group even act locally? I have literally run into some people in a moment of "here, now, real time, physical" contact in the midst of some obvious problem that needs correction here, now, on the block only to get an answer equivalent to "I don't live here anymore" because they really are in another world.

    No more building in which I bought this piece of crap, so . . . We shop Amazon, oh, what came was absolutely not what was described but Amazon was just the "agent" and you have to take it up with . . . somewhere "out there" . . . No phone number, just maybe e-mail or on line form that may or may not really exist . . .

    There are certain problems with a "community" that is virtual or so diffuse it is difficult to even find.

    The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

    by pelagicray on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 09:58:48 AM PDT

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