The paradox

While information systems and networking augment human powers of organizations and integration, they simultaneously subvert the traditional Western concept of a separate, independent subject.

Thus, the search for new connectedness around shared, reconstructed identity.

The search for new identity and new spirituality is on also in the East, in spite of a stronger sense of collective identity and the traditional, cultural subordination of individual to the family.

(Manuel Castells “The Rise of the Network Society”- p24)