Getting the (very) big picture.

Howard Bloom's Global Brain: The Evolution of Mass Mind from the Big Bang to the 21st Century was first published in 2000. Basically, with example after example, it seeks to show us that well before the internet, networking, the pooling of collective resources, has been at the very foundation of (not only) human development. In other words, the internet isn't something new. Instead, it's the realization of a trend that we've been (unconsciously?) striving toward since the earth came into being. If we can separate the fact from the hype we can undoubtedly find a great deal we can agree with in that claim. But it's also true that the book itself probably wouldn't have been written (or at least wouldn't have become popular) if the internet hadn't made networking a concept that we all want to latch onto.

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