Early naysayers pessimistically predicted the Web would wash over individuality and creativity to establish a new world order of globalized boredom, but they couldn’t have been more wrong. Far from ushering in a domineering, tedious and bland monoculture, the Internet turned out to be the saving grace for the curious and their niche interest groups. The Internet is officially shaping who we are.

This issue, we’re investigating the term “The New Hyperlocal” as it relates to the unique communities and innovative location-based technologies that influence our experiences both inside and outside the digital realm.

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How A “Scumbag” Meme–And Massive Marketing Opportunity–Was Born

Letter From The Editor