Long article in BusinessWeek on the "democratization of industry" as C.K. Prahalad calls it. It's a nice overview of how the internet enables fundamental changes in the economy and society in general.
A big, hairy, monstrous organism, that is. The nearly 1 billion people online worldwide -- along with their shared knowledge, social contacts, online reputations, computing power, and more -- are rapidly becoming a collective force of unprecedented power. For the first time in human history, mass cooperation across time and space is suddenly economical.