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The person as the portal

The person as the portal: “When millions of people carry Internet connections in their pockets, the focus of communications shifts from places to individuals – with significant implications for the way we think of ourselves and the shape of our social institutions.”…”Changes in the nature of computer-mediated communication both reflect and foster the development of networked individualism in networked societies. Internet and mobile phone connectivity is to persons and not to jacked-in telephones that ring in a fixed place for anyone in the room or house to pick up. The developing personalization, wireless portability and ubiquitous connectivity of the Internet all facilitate networked individualism as the basis of community.”