the effect of increased communication via the internet and other digital media is that everywhere in society things are moving horizontally, rather than veritcally. Rigid structures of authority are crumbling in every realm as the word moves toward greater democratization. This means an inevitable destructive import for tightly organized Orthodox communities and rabbinic hierarchies. Good for us all! People will increasingly think for themselves. Except, of course, for those whose communities continue to insulate them from the changes in the outside world.
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from the article: The leadership vacuum facing ultra-Orthodox Jewry