As a prelude to my main point, imagine groups of earnest Utah and Idaho Mormon farmers sent to school and college for the first time in their family’s history. This particular group, you should be imagining, is bright, though intellectually inexperienced. They do very well at the small colleges springing up or gaining root in Utah and Idaho in the early 1900s and decide to attend law school. They apply to all the big shot schools: Harvard, Columbia, Penn (this is the early 1900s after all).
They are rejected by all, and instead go to local law schools or no law school at all and take the apprenticeship track into practice. As a direct consequence, very few Mormons enter law at its highest levels in the early 1900s and current LDS law school groups are forced to hunt for LDS law luminaries because the only ones that come to mind are J. Reuben Clark, Rex. E. Lee, and Dallin H. Oaks. And only J. Reuben Clark came from the early 1900s, gaining his LL.B. from Columbia Law School in 1906.
Then, the universe aligns and the LSAT is born. Now the sons and daughters of the earnest group of Mormons leave the farm, head to school, do well, take the LSAT, do well again, and apply to all the big law schools: Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Stanford, Chicago. Except now they get in and they get in in fairly large numbers. It is obvious that what has changed in this over-simplified retelling of the past is the LSAT: a common denominator where small-town western Mormons can be fairly judged against metropolitan polished establishment.
Now transition with me to the LSAT of the Internet. Spell check on the computer works much the same way. All walks of life are able to mix over the Internet, through chat rooms, email, and especially blogs. The proletariat are aided in overcoming social barriers by the power of the spell check and anonymous, mass, free email providers like hotmail, yahoo, and gmail. The computer will automatically remedy both spelling and grammar errors before a comment is pasted into the blog comment section, allowing ideas to meet ideas without the road block of class. Is the advent of spell check across the Internet aether bringing a Marxist revolution? Well, no. But it is allowing social classes to mix more readily and easily. Especially in that it allows people to hide their social class, up to a certain point, and mingle with the big time (to a certain point).
Should we be worried about this new form of Marxism within our midst? Will it breakdown our moral values as did Communism? Perhaps. The dangerous fruits of Internet social mixing have been evidenced (often in the form of pedophile and unsuspecting tween). Yet, the power of this new medium is intoxicating and the power of the spell check is invigorating. It is anonymity mixed with a paired down, automatic Rex Harrison, and all of us can benefit in this age of mass technology.