There was a story, back on Tuesday, about research which shows that people who socialise on-line are less (“lazy, self-deluding thickies”, “a confused your moral compass”)
The interesting part here is not the story, but a parallel comment I’ve found:
Individuals aren’t naturally paid-up members of the human race, except biologically. They need to be bounced around by the Brownian motion of society, which is a mechanism by which human beings constantly remind one another that they are … well … human beings.
Where does this wonderful quote come from?
Terry Pratchett, in his book “Men at Arms”. Published in 1993 – so before the Internet, well before “Social Networks”