Most of these changes happened slowly enough that we could keep up with them. Complex machines were mainly run by specialists, and major new communications devices emerged at a slow rate of only a few every generation. It helped that much of it was tied to geography, with all of the physical and cultural context that implies. However, digital networks quickly detached us even from physical location. As William J. Mitchell explains in City of Bits: Space, Place, and the Infobahn (MIT Press):
And VR will do this to a much greater-even extent.
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