The Internet doesn’t dissolve common culture. Rather, it enables the proliferation of viral content that penetrates our attempts to isolate ourselves. As a result, we have more common culture than ever before.
We have reached a tipping point in popular culture: novelty is still the best way to gain attention and prominence, but novelty is now defined by challenging the last decades’s worth of exuberant claims made by journalists, Internet gurus, and others.
Online alternatives to traditional education are a red herring. We have had lower cost, more practical alternatives to traditional education for a long time. The focus of the education reform debate needs to be on shifting cultural and political priorities, not on the latest sexy technology trend.
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