Mulgan, the director of a London think tank called Demos and a policy advisor to British Prime Minister Tony Blair, would like to be seen as a serious political thinker. In Connexity, he examines the moral implications of living in a world of highly connected technical, financial, political and ecological systems.
Its hard not to cheer Mulgan as he lists the damage crime, drugs, pollution caused by societies that focus only on the bottom line. Its harder to swallow his prescription for change; he calls it the principle of reciprocity but its simply the kindergarten wisdom that your freedom to extend your arm stops at the tip of my nose.
Connexity is fun to read for its charming English manners. And the flattering way it assumes a shared literary culture in a discussion of technology will bring tears to your eyes (Today, we automatically side with Anna Karenina). Why, people do little else in the board rooms of Palo Alto.