We really need to rethink politics, countries, borders, and social differentiation.
Current trends in online interactions are gradually and progressively changing the traditional sense of nation.
People influence each other through new communication systems and tools.
If we examine all the usual bounds keeping a country together, we see that all these are gradually being released.
- Religion: It is gradually reducing its importance. Current religious terrorism is helping a lot in accelerating the process.
- Culture: Younger people do not perceive strong local cultural relations. Dialects are gradually disappearing. Most art is cross-borders.
- Language: De facto net language is English. Period.
- History: Historical reasons are less perceived in a globally accelerating present. Young people is more interested in future. ( Are they to blame? )
- Geography and Borders: Easy travel is gradually reducing geography role as a fence. Beside that many communities do not need to be localized in a physical place to prosper and evolve.
- Currency: money transactions will shift to "plastic money" i.e. credit cards, or some other currency not bound to local political environment (linden dollars? whuffies? paypal or ebay credits?). Strangely, efforts to build an independent "internet currency" did not succeed. Probably because of bank lobbies not able to find a suitable agreement.
Our identities are being revealed on the net. And we allow it without complaints. We share personal information more easily online than with a policeman.
Along with borders evaporation, our identities are progressively mixing and melting, and social media are becoming the main drivers for education and community building.
We quickly need to evolve the traditional meaning of politics.
We need young politicians. And newer ideas for an up-to-time politic science.
Consensus will not be built anymore with broadcasting, but leveraging online active communities, and promoting autonomous critical thinking.
Feedback cycles will be much faster. Traditional elections are slow and expensive.
New politics will be tough.
Marco ( @mgua on twitter )