Digital culture: hierarchy to network
In the first of a two-part series,
outlines the game-changing impact of digital growth on global culture.
Power to the people: digital culture is about networks, not hierarchies. Photograph: Phil Banko/GettyImages
If there's a single, bullseye phrase that sums up the radical and globalshakeup catalysed by digital culture it is this: the change from hierarchyto networks.This is not a new phrase. Several weeks ago, it drifted past me onTwitter like plankton. But it's a precise way to express, if not the destinyof society, then at least the laxative process it is undergoing.Laxative? Yes. Thanks to digital, things are loosening up, powerdecentralising, decisions becoming more accessible. From the ArabSpring to theEU's recent plunge into open data,cyberspace is now
reshaping so-called'meatspace'like never before.