Having considered some historical examples of loss and gain implicit in information technologies, let's note Geert Lovink's two points about the contemporary relations of political power and new media.
Despite what many cyber-utopians believed, discussion lists and other electronic forums require some form of central control — editors, webmasters, moderators, gatekeepers. ("Introduction: Twilight of the Digerati," 4) Rule: One can liberate only so much. BUT as Slashdot.com has shown, one can create order with a minimum of centralizing power.
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