The Internet and the Destruction of the Nation State

Inability to control cross-border flow of ideas and money weakens national governments, since foreign internet sites prevent enforcement of local laws concerning

Do these effects empower or disempower the individual?

Compare dystopian visions of obsolete national states in cyberpunk science fiction: Neal Stephenson's Snowcrash and The Diamond Age, Bruce Sterling's Islands in the Net, and William Gibson's Neuromancer triology.

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