“Technology gets a bad rap in the old media. In books and films, it is often the machinery used by governments to crush individuality. [...]
A funny thing happened on the way to the digital dystopia. Far from being a tool for repression, the internet has become a means by which people shake off state censorship.
The internet has pushed governments in undemocratic and semi-democratic countries on to the defensive. They used to be able to control the flow of information on televison or in newspapers with relative ease. The ability of anyone with a mobile phone or a video camera to broadcast at will has confounded them.”
The reflective article also cites Clay Shirky.