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The Dissolution of Tribal Communication

Although the advent of the internet has created a vastly more complex communication channel that humankind has ever seen, it is interesting that we might be approaching a more simple binary equation: Anything on the net is public. If something is meant to be private, keep it off the web.
The recent fiasco of a <a href="http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Singapore/Story/STIStory_540475.html">pastor mocking Taoist rituals</a>, as well as numerous cases of private church services going massively public on youtube, we are beginning to see a deficiency in online controls for tribal communications, especially so for massive tribes.
Common-sense would dictate information disseminated to a substantial number of people is to be equated as being made publicly available, but we are seeing the destruction of valuable private space to the whims and fancies of cut-and-paste artists.
There will <strong>always</strong> be statements of values and beliefs that befit the tribe but not the population. There will always be divisions among men. Individualism and collectivism are ends of a spectrum, and in between there are shades of groupthink. Granted, I am not advocating religious groups practicing bigotry, but I am against the populist pressure that any value statement made within a group differentiating themselves from the others be taken out in the open and publicly crucified.
I love how the <a href="http://nba.com/">NBA</a> puts microphones on coaches so carefully curated audio clips can be made public. In this case curation is key – without it, the private space between coach and team would be broken apart and speeches would be taken out of context.
The only value statement agreeable to everyone contains no value.

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