"Now I have you! You can't tell me you had Shakespeare ready to mind before you slotted up -- certainly not in English. Without the moist-disk, you wouldn't have been able to express the thought so elegantly. Without my Net link, I wouldn't have known what you meant. The electronics improve understanding. They put us in sync. Even something as simple as a Preclassical Lit. chip."

(Raphael Carter, The Fortunate Fall, p. 157)

We're already most of the way towards this being the condition. This is something I feel keenly when it comes to photography, because when it comes to most of the people I want to discuss photography with -- people I know mainly online -- our ability to establish any kind of shared cultural literacy is often entirely reliant on the availability of images online.