The title of this talk/book is as redundant as its hypothesis.
Friedman extols the use of the Internet and the empowerment of the individual – more magical writing.
In the transition from more primitive societies, the empowerment of the individual meant the ‘magicians’ became the ruling class. This was a great step forward. The tribe was no longer tied to the mindless serviture of the dead fathers’ law. The individuals with more intelligence or at least, more guile, were ‘elected’ into positions of power. The magician-king was born.
The magician-king was succeeded by the priesthood – more magical writing, the Holy Book. And for centuries, the earth was flat and the Word ruled over the evidence of the senses and the sense of Reason.
Copernicus – save us.