Our theories of the Internet could use some work. What we have now: ideas about virtuality, simulacra, isolation, networks and nonhierarchical distribution, the death of newspapers, copyright infringement, lawlessness and the Wild West.
Theory on photography and cinema has over a century on us, but it’s a model. Images, as a group, had two meanings in the end. Superficially, they changed our understanding of time. More profoundly, they expanded our relationship with death. The Internet, I think we will find, is superficially about space, and more profoundly about the afterlife. Photography was a limitless memento mori. The Internet is one wide Nachleben.
Not sure if this work is best done by the generation that remembers the world before the Internet, or if it’s better to wait.