Core77 has a nice interview with "cyborg anthropoloigst" Amber Case, who claims that "Good technology should make you superhuman." She makes an interesting case (no pun intended) that the Industrial Revolution disconnected people from each other, when "everyone was distributed by highways and cars and stretched out into the suburbs." But now, newer technology has "stitched all of that reality together so that you no longer have to worry about being geographically separate. It's giving us back a tremendous part of our humanity." The whole thing is worth checking out. [Core77]
The Industrial Revolution led to isolation? What the hell? It was the Industrial Revolution which gave people a way to overcome the "geographic separation" of the agrarian feudalism that preceded it, thanks to the revolution in transportation created by the steam engine.
(And - what - no mention of the crowded factory stereotype that critics love to associate with the Industrial Revolution? Yeah, there was a lot of separation in those places.)
Let's face it, the first railroads were the original "internet" and gave people a lot more opportunities to meet each other than had ever existed before.