Mark Pesce recently delivered a rousing keynote speech at Web Directions South. It was charged full of powerful thoughts about the pitfalls and opportunities of the hyperconnected world. He talks about the differences in how giant collectives self-organize to behave either like a functional community, or an angry crowd. This is definitely a must read, full of valuable insights.

Pesce begins:

That’s the way it is, these days. Nothing is small, nothing discrete, nothing bite-sized. Instead, we get the fire hose, 24 x 7, a world in which connection and community have become so colonized by intensity and amplification that nearly nothing feels average anymore.

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