It is our failure to avoid embracing fear and sensationalism that will be our undoing. We're still our own greatest threat.
Fear operates as an appetite or an addiction. You can never be safe enough.
Lisa: Uh, are you sure that's safe?
Kearny: Well it ain't gettin' any safer.
William Damon and Anne Colby:
Any democracy requires a minimum level of shared trust to function. We may be approaching that minimum level right now.
I'm confident that technology has improved the resources available to people if/when they choose to act. So far they don't need to, largely. Don't wish for times when they do.
The thing about sharing is that once you get your hands on a general-purpose tool for collecting and presenting content, it's entirely possible that the audience you're most interested in sharing with will be your future self. Whenever a nominally social tool introduces a single-player, "private" mode, that's a sure sign that the people have spoken. What we wish for exposes us. Many people -- perhaps most -- just aren't ready to have their intentions exposed.
[But] the urge to enrich the Database of Intentions is irresistible.
Money for me, databases for you.