Pecha Kucha & The Long Tail & Society

Hi.  So I've had a nice month or two of ignoring the blogging world, and it was everything I thought it could be.  We now return to our regularly scheduled stupidity. 

Gareth had all of the planners at M! present a pecha kucha.  It's a presentation style that is supposed to help improve your presentation skills by making you present something in 20 slides for 20 seconds per slide, and its supposed to be all in pictures (I think).  Anyways, mine was terrible…probably the worst presentation I've ever given, and that's including the fifth grade presentation of the Final Fantasy Strategy Guide as a book report.  Serious.  About both. 

I thought my idea was at least interesting though.  In short form, it goes something like this: 

For thousands of years, humanity was bound together into civilization by government, geography, and culture.  Since the age of exploration, advances in transportation and communication have lessened geography's role in holding communities and the larger society together.  But while that was happening, government and culture were still holding things together. 

Thats where the long tail comes in.  In the past, if I moved to India, it would've been tough for me to keep in touch with the culture I came from, so I would be inclined to start participating in Indian culture in some form or another.  Eventually over decade's my descendants would slowly begin to assimilate into the culture at large.  Now, since the long tail theoretically provides anyone, anywhere with access to anything ever written, recorded, filmed, or thought, there's no longer a need to pay attention to the culture on your block, city, state, country, etc.  People can now live geographically in one place, while living culturally somewhere else.

So as geography and culture have become less relevant to society, society has become increasingly fragmented, possibly evidenced by the extreme political polarization in the US in the past 7 years.  At what point then does a government lose the legitimacy to govern such a vastly fragmented group of people?  Will nations begin getting smaller?  Could a new kind of nation organization spring up in the informational world, based on psychographics rather than geography?

Probably neither…not in our lifetimes anyway. 

end of nerdery.