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The […] history of our species hinged on sporadic breakthroughs in communication, increasing the speed, range, and carrying capacity of information networks right down to our own day when the miracles of computerized data flows are beginning to transform private lives and human society at large.[1]


[1] William H. McNeill, ‘World History and the Rise and Fall of the West’, in: Journal of World History 9, (1998), 218.