*These extracts are from an intriguing article I read on hyperconnectivity and social power. It was written by Mark Pesce on his blog The Next Billion Seconds. Do read it in full as it links with real examples.
“A few people joined in pain would be unremarkable, but a planet, hyperconnected, sharing and feeling, foment hyperochlocracy, the new mob rule.
The mob has no center. Things just happen, sometimes individually, sometimes collectively. The separate actions of the mob constitute the death of a thousand cuts, while its collective actions have a force beyond any expectation.
Hyperochlocracy is not personal, nor can it be called up and put down like a legion of loyal troops. It can not be invoked or appealed to, because there is no there there. It has no it. It is substantial without substance. Yet it possesses an undeniable reality that becomes visible only just as it rises into being.
Hyperconnectivity leads to hyperpolitics: connecting, sharing, learning and doing inevitably culminate in a specific coherence, salience extending beyond a specific moment or current outrage, something that outlasts a media firestorm or a meme du jour. When the mob stops to think, and does not simply decompose into its constituent relations, but remains, receptive and ready, hyperempowerment has become hyperpolitics.
This represents police force perfected beyond the wildest dreams of any dictator, because it comes from the people, connected. But antipathy to control is the price of hyperconnectivity. We can do anything we want, but only so long as no one tells us we must.”
*Photo source .I edited it using Picmonkey.com.