Originally published in The Telegraph
Wednesday 18 November 2009
It’s been a few years since anyone has raised the uncomfortable idea that the World Wide Web is not and never will be the global bear hug that its West Coast liberal forefathers and mothers dreamt it would become. They thought the Web, with its open access, decentralised architecture and real world-virtual world crossover would bring about a crazy utopia: it would eradicate race, disability and gender stereotypes. People of different religions, colours and creeds would hold hands, sing kumbaya and our global consciousness would ascend to the next chakra. Or something like that.