The question of emergence in modern culture is a valid one. On a more abstract scale, it may be debated ad nauseum whether the sum of multiple factors can ever produce something quantifiably more, or at least other, than the sum of the parts; with cultural phenomena, the equation is complicated exponentially due to the almost infinite number of additional (and often unconscious) details that comprise each psyche that contributes to the system.
One interesting (if minor) detail is the gradual removal of various cultural guidelines or general objectives. Anyone who is familiar with more historically-established modes of discourse will undoubtedly be surprised to find that Internet discussions trade the value of depth for the value of timely peer response (just take a look at loan refi for an obvious example). In other words, your point may be valid, but it is far more likely to be missed or even rejected if several people respond to it with less valid objections (from unsound rebuttals to tangential distractions).
One example would be attitudes toward entitlement programs. Much of the poor opinions shared by the public concerning the recipients of government programs rubs off onto the service professions, and the bureaucracy itself. And yet those negative attitude evaporate when those so called critics need one of those “entitlement” programs themselves. Take for example social security disability benefits for American citizens. If a person is disabled and unable to work, it is critical that they pursue a claim for Social Security disability, or ssi based on disability. Unfortunately up to 70% of initial claims are rejected for one reason or another. It’s possible that many Social Security disability are bogus, submitted by people who think they can strike it rich. However, for the person with a legitimate claim a rejection can be demoralizing. If you are determined to continue with the process after your initial claim and reconsideration claim is rejected, you should seriously consider finding a lawyer whose specialty is Social Security disability law. A google search online should get you a couple of names of social security disability lawyers who are available in your area. Having a social security disability lawyer guide you through the process that leads up to an appeal hearing before an Administrative Law Judge can make the difference between winning the appeal or losing it. A social security disability attorney will take care of everything: the paperwork, filing, research, as well as personal prepping for a hearing before the judge. The lawyer will also make sure all the deadlines are met and will check to make sure all the necessary files are received. And when your claim is accepted, a social security disability lawyer will make sure you receive the proper payment from the Social Security Administration. This particular entitlement program can make a huge difference for individuals and their families. If the public should disparage anyone, it should be directed against those who try to subvert the system for their own selfish gain and not at those people who have a legitimate claim.
While this provides a healthy rejection of authoritarianism, it’s also a giant encouragement for superficiality, rewarding speed and popularity at the potential expense of reason, objectivity, depth, and individuality. For better or worse (and I have no wish to disguise that I personally find it to be more of a regret than an encouragement), these tendencies have equivalents in the culture at large. Increasingly, it is impossible to determine which influences the other.
The potential cultural impact of U S A online casinos may give some people pause, but we’re not seeing a major cultural revolution (as compared with some of the more iconic and prominent web destinations). With some notable exceptions, the population at USA allowed casinos is more or less culturally similar to the population at their land-based equivalents.
All-in-all, the democratizing aspect of Internet culture has the same general positive and negative qualities of democracy in general. It is encouraging that the lack of a central authority and the concomitant enforcement agencies (whether practical or cultural) has resulted in a relatively genial anarchy rather than the “wild west’ lawlessness that some would have us believe.
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