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The debate about the value of the Internet swells up every now and again.

People like Nicholas Carr argues that the Internet is making us stupid (see: The Atlantic - Is Google Making Us Stupid?). Malcolm Gladwell does not believe that online social networks are changing our world (see: The New Yorker - Small Change). The argument seems to delve too deep into the minutia of networked markets instead of looking at it from a more holistic perspective: when anybody can publish anything in text, images, audio and video for free to everyone else in the world (and in a place where people can share, collaborate or mash-up that content), the ability and opportunity to change the world is (very much) present.

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