Tim Jordan spends a good deal of time in the first chapter or two explaining two basic concepts which are crucial to the book: one, the history of the creation of the "internet" and definitions of terms therein...for example, various cyberpunk authors' ideas of "cyberspace" in literature. He discusses ARPANET and the first inter-military computer networks and how they became more functional and widespread over time, to the point at which they were a fixture in world culture (though at the time of the writing, online video was in its infancy).
Next, he explains the idea of "power." I think this part of the book is very interesting. He pulls from a variety of sources for this discussion, but the ultimate point he makes is that power is relative to the people who are under the influence of power. In other words, you cannot have power over someone without resistance. Also, power can be vast or minute in scale. On the internet, he theorizes, power is much more equal among people. Taking away the mundane reality of every day life, a person online has an equal opportunity for power as anyone else. Thus, he feels, this is what can be beneficial to humanity over time.
The book is very unbiased in its musings; however, there is the implication of the idea of a world without borders, though the phrase "New World Order" is never mentioned. He also discusses the duality of technology - that it can change the world for good or for evil depending on the power of those who are considered to be in control.
Good read...check it out...would love to see some other books reviewed here, thought I would start the ball rolling!