In the post modern world, interconnected with a growing base of internet neurons, what one is thinking and publishing will be immediately felt and realized by someone across the other side of the world.
Basically we are becoming the mind. This also dovetails into a science fiction concept of mine where an alien isn't just an "ego" but possibly a world. We are just too small a mind or creature to realize this. Some say you can see it here now in our world with the whole Gaia concept. However, with the massive internet growing and interconnecting, maybe, just maybe, like a large radio telescope, we will start to see thoughts of "others" impacting our own.
But I think I digressed enough.
Besides the NY Times article linked in my title (the little arrow box) I also read about a Russian man who started a very popular website that has been exposing the rampant corruption in the Russian energy world. I know, no surprise there, but the level of freedom and governance this is creating is unprecedented and also was previously impossible without the Internet. Not unlike the science and math of Fractals. Without the computer, it would not have bloomed.
In the NY Times article they give some nice mashups of crowd sourcing, geeks and mapping to give the end user a much better understanding in a very quick manner. They also go into many socially conscious websites (well it is the NY Times) and that is good. But they still haven't made the leap to governance. Actually changing the regulatory system here in the states would definitely impact them as much as GE, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Monsanto, Halliburton, and the publishing and media empires.
However, this will start the renaissance here in the United States. Once our fellow countrymen and women truly wake up from their stupor and demand equal enforcement of the laws, things will change quickly and for the better.
The change is coming and won't be denied and our great country with our constitutional dna will start to assert itself once more.