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Some Democrats in the US are demanding that Twitter ban Donald Trump from the platform. His recent threat of civil war in case he is impeached and removed from office is cited as the latest reason for doing so. Whatever the merits or otherwise of this demand, what is interesting is how the world has changed. Usually demands are made of the government to regulate a private player, but here, a private sector company is being petitioned by members of a powerful political party to regulate, of all the people, the President of the country. How did this kind of power shift take place so quickly and why is it so difficult for so many to make sense of it?
In the natural scheme of things, technology moves fast while society changes slowly. But technology has a way of radically reordering society with its disruptions. The social consequences it unleashes might not be intentional, but they are sweeping nonetheless. Technology comes in through a functional door, by offering us new capabilities, but proceeds to transform many aspects of how to we live our lives. The resultant gap that gets created between technology’s tendency to disrupt and society’s ability to absorb the changes it brings about creates an enormous amount of social dislocation. Traditional concepts and mental models look hopelessly inadequate to deal with this shift.
Otherwise, think of how long it would have taken for society to transition from one where the right