Lately, we’ve noticed a flood of websites, services, and social networks touting themselves as exclusive, invite-only communities, catering to the luxury market and revolving around the luxury lifestyle. In stark contrast to the idea of the internet as a level playing field with open-source code, anonymous commenting, crowdsourcing and wikis, these exclusive sites aim to reestablish the caste system that was all but blown away during the free-for-all that characterized the internet’s first decade.

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