By David Shields
"The individual has now risen to the level of a mini-government or mini-corporation. Via YouTube and Twitter, each of us is our own mini-network. The trajectory of nearly all technology follows this downward and widening path: by the time a regular person is able to create his own TV network, it doesn’t matter anymore that I have or am on a network. The power of the technology cancels itself via its own ubiquity. Nothing really changes: the individual’s ability to project his message or throw his weight around remains minuscule. In the case of the Web, each of us has slightly more access to a mass audience — a few more people slide through the door — but Facebook is finally a crude personal multimedia conglomerate machine, a ham-fisted personal nation-state machine, a reality-show machine. "