The mutually reinforcing and accelerating nature of these technologies is shifting the center of gravity in how we organize as a society. Institutions—both formal, such as schools, and informal, such as families—were once at the center of our societies. Now we are. Each of us, with our mobile phones, is connecting across and within institutional boundaries. The result, which the authors call “networked individualism,” is profound. Where we once organized our communities, work, family, educational, and governance systems around institutions, we are increasingly navigating the world as connected individuals.
-Lucy Bernholz, “I, You, We,” Fall 2012