Life on the ‘net is a new world full of  promise to increase the connection between people, create new business opportunities, and develop new ideas.  Who can possibly argue with that?  I won’t.  But as I discuss what this means, online and off, I’ve come to realize that there is often a disconnect between how things are done in real life (IRL) and in this new world that exists in the ether around us.

Bridging that gap is an opportunity to make the online world more relevant – and make a decent living, if I can figure it out.  The problem is not an academic one at all.  Yet I can’t help but think that the solution can be found in how it is all grounded.  For all this new stuff the people who use it are still people.  It takes me back to the beginnings of academia itself, or how the Western world came to be what it is.

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