In the article referred to, Tammy Erickson notes several predictable results that occur whenever there is a reduction in the cost of communications, as there have been in each instance of improvement. These were proposed by Harold Adams Innis, as far back as 1951.
- Redistributing knowledge and, in doing so, shifting power
- Making it easier for "amateurs" to compete with "professionals," because access to knowledge substitutes for mastery of complexity
- Allowing individuals and minorities to voice ideas
- Reducing the advantages of speed that formerly accrued because some had knowledge before others
- Reducing the advantages of size that are based on the ability to afford high costs.