This time, we focus on how the internet is a new printing press that abolishes many of the constraints of geography and makes possible the formation of groups with relatively rare traits that would never find each other in a purely face-to-face society.
The internet makes possible a process of distillation. If you have a trait that is 1/1000, you can find 350,000 people like you in a sprawling empire of 350 million. That small but substantial minority, if truly cohesive, has the potential to steamroll countless millions who are isolated and weak in an atomized consumer economy.
I anticipate that while some of these new neuro-tribes may be dysfunctional crabs-in-a-bucket echo chambers, others will concentrate excellence and capability. These latter will be the new ruling tribes over a de-facto caste system as the emergent peoples establish a pecking order.
We analyze how even within the roughly related populations we call “races” there are clusters of personality types. Those who are roughly related and share key personality traits are those who form post-internet, post-nation neuro-tribes. The black sheep of every family with mass communications are soon able to have a whole herd of black sheep where their particular aberrance is the norm.
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