Het internet maakt de wijde wereld soms net een kleine plek. Maar we vergeten wel eens dat onze kleine fysieke omgeving (buurt, dorp, stad) juist ook veel rijker is geworden als gevolg van het web.
"The seemingly paradoxical proposition that while Internet technologies were originally touted as "making geography irrelevant", in actual fact they excel at the opposite -- giving you richer info about the stuff that's going on nearby you. As Johnson told today's New York Times Arts section: "It really shows that the old idea that the Internet was going to make cities obsolete had it exactly wrong," he said. "In fact the Internet enhances cities in all these different ways. I think it lets people have the kinds of conversations that we sentimentally always imagined that people were having."