Mark Pesce’s keynote at WebDirections South sped by at a thousands words a minute. His words pounded us like the Hadron Collider, the ideas slamming and fragmenting into synaptic allusions that stretched across time from the Enlightenment through to the previous evening’s sweep of the web by the all-seeing Googlebot.

There is plenty to chew on in this speech. There is plenty to consider in our own, personal, collectivist journey. Will we emerge unscathed from what Mark calls the hyperconnected mob? Will technology provide us a way to continiuously recontextualise our connections to the amorphous social groups from which we draw our various identities?

Perhaps only time will tell … but in the meantime, there is much to debate and discuss. It is a new world that will come to life conversation by conversation.