On point. Oddly trendy and “radicalized” stance for the Economist.
Social networking, it seems to me, has quite clearly shifted the balance of power away from centralised power and authority. Perhaps we haven’t observed clear evidence of its revolutionary potential yet, but this shift alone seems extremely promising. And what is not seen might be just as important; in a world in which information can’t be controlled, abuses of power should become costlier and more rare. Twitter might, in some cases, make actual protests unnecessary. And that would be a good thing.
Generally, account of strengthening of relationships generally, and of the social fabric, and transparency and accountability all true.
That doesn’t mean that these effects haven’t sometimes been overstated though.
"A value system’s abstraction depth and range of applicable interaction may also function as significant factors in identifying integrity due to their congruence or lack of congruence with empirical observation.[clarification needed]"