While we must acknowledge that the profusion of small ponds attracts those who would like to be big fish, we must also admit that small ponds strictly limit maximum fish size. Flattening social spheres (through ‘networks’ where addressing is direct and as easy as knowing or guessing a username) has largely allowed existing hierarchies to expand by scaling up abuse.

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John Ohno

Resident hypertext crank. Author of Big and Small Computing: Trajectories for the Future of Software. http://www.lord-enki.net