There are many who have seen the rise of social media as the
latest, maybe final harbinger of the
death of true communality as we retreat into ersatz collectives in which the lack
of physical presence removes all constraints on our behaviour at the same time
is erodes the affection and intimacy that sustain communities. Such is the view
of Sherry Turkle in Alone Together,
and, to a certain extent, of Nicholas Carr in The Shallows. What does Jake Goretzki think?