I suspect most of us think of ourselves as the shapers and organizers of information. We 'create' it, move it, store it, share it delete it.
But what if the reverse is true? In his terrific book, The Selfish Gene, Richard Dawkins puts forth the theory that all living creatures are simply reproduction systems for our genetic code, and that all behaviors and characteristics we possess are in service of that cause. In his eyes, genes don't exist to give us life and form, we only exist to give them life and form across generations.
So if you believe as Dawkins does that we are simply the disposable transport and reproduction mechanisms for our genes, perhaps we are also simply one medium of connection for information itself? Maybe information, like genes, really has an agenda of its own of sorts, 'using' us and our digital networks as simply one new way to organize and evolve. Information already outlives its organizer in many ways via reproduction and transmission... just as our genes outlive any one of us via reproduction. Maybe our desire to build these digital communities, to learn, to share, is driven by some innate characteristic of information to increase its own organization, just as our desire to procreate is the selfish interest of our gene pool.
As I'd said in a previous post, the universe is going 'backwards' in many ways. It has become more structured and organized over time, rather than less. Maybe that's the results of information's own agenda.
We are social creatures-- but information is, perhaps the most social of all phenomenon. Information connects, it collaborates, and it seeks new levels of organization and structure that shame any termite colony or 21st century city.
Maybe in the end, it's not the meek who shall inherit the earth, but the meme...