Free Communication is Disrupting Hierarchies
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  1. There is another aspect to our psychology — we tend to look for a role model, savior or a central authority, which I think is an important factor to this. We tend to build hierarchies even within free communication mediums. For example, political leaders and entertainment artists have the largest number of Twitter followers, not scientists. Twitter Follower count has become a metric to boast about how popular one. As long as we have this and don’t think peer-to-peer, hierarchies will tend to continue, all the while, free communications will keep denting hierarchies.
  2. How about the rest of the non-connected world? Take the case of India for example. Even with larger mobile/ smart phone penetration %, vast majority of India is not ‘connected’ via Twitter/ Facebook. .
  3. Religion is more complex than this. While I don’t know much about all religions, I can comment about South Asian ones. On the outset, religions seem to tend to cater to lowest common denominators. However, there has always been an undercurrent to move this denominator up. There had been cases where even atheistic philosophies were discussed/ practiced without deep conflicts (read 1 and 2). As I mentioned in #1, until we all evolve and think peer-peer, religions will continue maintaining the hierarchies (keeping with the lowest common denominator).

1: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_philosophy

2: A Source Book In Indian Philosophy, https://books.google.com/books/about/A_Source_Book_in_Indian_Philosophy.html?id=PRA3AAAAIAAJ

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