Getting better

I was on a panel yesterday where the topic concerned the future of communications technology. At some point, someone in the audience asked a very interesting question.

“Do the panelists think,” he asked (I’m paraphrasing), “that all of this advancement in communication technology is going to make society better? In what ways might it actually make things worse?”

I replied with the first thought that entered my head. “Societies have always been dysfunctional,” I said. “They’re just getting better at it.”

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