Industrial Revolution- Technology Allows people to maintain connections with larger numbers of people

The world is poised on the cusp of an economic and cultural shift as dramatic as that of the Industrial Revolution. (OK, it doesn't take a genius, or even a politician, to figure out that big changes are afoot when we have a medium that lets someone throw up a virtual storefront on the Web and instantly gain access to the global market.)
~Steven Levy

We have technology, finally, that for the first time in human history allows people to really maintain rich connections with much larger numbers of people.
~Pierre Omidyar

Chances are, you now know that the marriage of the computer and the telephone is one of the century's seismic technical and economic developments. In terms of potential social and economic impact, it is often likened to the introduction of assembly-line manufacturing or to the invention of the computer itself.
~Author Unknown
As the most participatory form of mass speech yet developed, the Internet deserves the highest protection from government intrusion.
~Stewart Dalzell

Western society has accepted as unquestionable a technological imperative that is quite as arbitrary as the most primitive taboo: not merely the duty to foster invention and constantly to create technological novelties, but equally the duty to surrender to these novelties unconditionally, just because they are offered, without respect to their human consequences.
~Lewis Mumford