Even the 19th-century Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner presciently wrote about a web that humans would create in order to foster a community that would ultimately come to choke and asphyxiate us more like a spider’s web than a life support.
I doubt Steiner would have had an inkling that modern political discourse would come to be taken up with distractions such as that of US congressman Anthony Weiner transmitting images of himself to various women across America in various states of disrobement via Twitter. But Steiner might have had something to say about the psychoanalytical dimensions of such behaviour.
Psychoanalytical? Anthroposophical dimensions, more likely. He didn’t think highly of psychoanalytical explanations, actually.
(On the dreadful spiderweb.)