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Thanks to Ken Anderson, of Intel and Princeton for finding this Walt 
Whitman poem whose key line is
The earth to be spann'd, connected by network.

Called of all things A Passage to India

So Walt had McLuhan and Forster beat 

   Barry Wellman

    A vision is just a vision if it's only in your head
    Step by step, link by link, putting it together
   NetLab Network                 FRSC                      INSNA Founder
   Distinguished Visiting Scholar   Social Media Lab   Ryerson University
   Distinguished Senior Advisor     	     University Learning Academy
   NETWORKED: The New Social Operating System  Lee Rainie & Barry Wellman    

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