Mitch Joel brings up the topic of Digital Empathy in his short post from late September, citing our (even kids) tendency to further distance ourselves from others and how the facelessness of online interaction contributes to its acceleration. His is an interesting point and worth further consideration.
We already lived in a world that was becoming increasingly closed off, even prior to the web swallowing it whole. I’m not even 40 and I remember a world with Boy Scout leaders as civic-minded role models and unescorted Halloweens. I also lived through the period where scouts (and churches) became synonymous with molestation and trick-or-treats became candy you don’t dare eat.