"Something immense is happening as the world transitions to a hyperconnected state where, for many, the distinction between the real and virtual worlds has ceased to exist.... As Bob Dylan put it, “Something is happening here but you don’t know what it is, do you, Mr. Jones?”
"for many, the distinction between the real and virtual worlds has ceased to exist?" Really, when the New York Times wants to publish an opinion piece on something, do they deliberately hunt out the single person on their staff that knows less about the subject than anyone else?
Does Mr. Cohen really suspect that people online can't tell the difference between, say, the real world and World of Warcraft? God, talk about not knowing what it is.