First and foremost, the Internet is a communications medium. We tend to think of it as a medium for communication between computers, but this is mistaking the forest for banks of trees. The computers communicate only to service the needs of human communication. Flexible communication strategies are the one identifiable trait that separates us from the great apes, the cetaceans, and dogs. This flexible communication capability is the essence of what makes us social beings. Organic defects in communication, such as aphasia or autism, produce an organic sympathy in us, because we understand, from birth, that no man is an island so long as he remains in communication with his fellow men.