[H]ere are some examples of alternative group structures; each of them has formed according to the particular pressures of our current historical moment. And though they have disparate goals and strategies, they share a flexibility of command and an emphasis on imagination. The standard Twitter caveat applies: I do not endorse the tactics or objectives of Al Qaeda or the Bronies, though maybe we could learn a bit about organizing from both.
Here’s an exercise: The next time you see someone talking about algorithms, replace the term with “God” and ask yourself if the sense changes any. Our supposedly algorithmic culture is not a material phenomenon so much as a devotional one, a supplication made to the computers we have allowed to replace gods in our minds, even as we simultaneously claim that science has made us impervious to religion.