The internet wants to be fragmented

Noah Smith:

Humanity does not want to be a global hive mind.

People call Twitter an indispensable public space because it’s the town square”, but in the real world there isn’t just one town square, because there isn’t just one town. There are many. And the internet works when you can exit — when you can move to a different town if you don’t like the mayor or the local culture.

January 8, 2023