There is no evidence that the world is becoming more virtual. The cyber-prophets were wrong here. The virtual is becoming more real. It wants to penetrate and map out our real lives and social relationships. We are no longer encouraged to act out some role, but forced to be “ourselves” (which is no less theatrical or artificial).
- - “MyBrain.net: The colonization of real-time and other trends in Web 2.0” by Geert Lovink, March 19, 2010.