First check out these magic dominoes that tip each other over without touching.
Then you'll understand my analogy to the Internet. (Hopefully.)
It used to be that we mainly impacted people who were near to us. Like, three feet near to us. All of human evolution has been a process of expanding that distance. First, spoken language itself. About 100,000 years later, through writing on clay and stone. Papyrus, books, those were really just refinements.
The internet couldn't exist without the alphabet. The alphabet is a set of magic dominoes that can knock down whole governments without even touching them directly.
Just my thought for the day.