Friday, July 15, 2005
Heard on the news that the terrorists in London where young guys that seemed just like any other guy. People ask how it is possible to develop extreme ideas in the middle of a suburban English community. Extrem ideas can grow anywhere. With the help of new technology anyone can spend time and communicate with people with similar ideas while excluding everything else. It is also a world that is safe, since you do not have to be challenged by others, just stay with likeminded. You can build your extrem view point over time without anyone seeing it happen. Cass Sunnstein discussed this phenomenon a few years back in his highly insightful book "Republic.Com". A book that is more true today than when he wrote it. Read it!
Posted by Erik Stolterman at 8:56 AM