I've been thinking about this a lot ever since I first picked up Eclipse Phase, and I don't know if I completely buy it. I don't see a lot of examples in the present day that aren't super niche; once a social network platform reaches critical mass, it seems like it can support a range of subcommunities with diverse ideological stances. Are there any modern-day analogues to EP rep networks? In the context of EP rep networks, would Facebook be a network? Is reddit a single network, or a collection of networks divided along ideological lines? Or is each subreddit a network? Is 4chan a network? Or is it a collection of boards that are each an individual network? Are rep networks possibly just an abstraction? Maybe I'm just thinking about it the wrong way, but the more I think about how rep networks are portrayed the less sense it seems to make. Anyone have any insights?
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