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I take all this to be part of the general tendency to substitute thoughts about technology for
thoughts about the actual terms of human existence. Given this substitution, a community is no
longer, in the first instance, a group of people bound together by certain mutual concerns,
interests, activities, and institutions [all carriers of meaning] (which find expression through
whatever technical and non-technical means are at hand). Rather, a community becomes the mere
'instantation' of a network diagram that shows the available technical means for interaction.