One of the chapters of The Extreme Self is called, The Comments Section is the Real World. And one of the pages says, ‘There’s no point being horrified that the online world has replaced the real world. It’s just a fact of life.’ What’s the reasoning behind this assertion? It’s to do with power. On the one hand, the comments section (that appends a news story, or, a social media post) has become a living discursive space, resplendent with the best and worst of what humans can be. The comments section is typically referred to as ‘the sewers’ because “normal people” suddenly turn into judgey, cruel, righteous monsters. But it can also be a place of extraordinary, terse humour. An entire stand-up routine in 6 words, for example. What the pandemic did was accelerate what I call ‘The Great Reversal.’ This is when what we used to call ‘Second Life’ (online screen-existence) becomes ‘First Life’ — and vice versa. Instead of media acting as extensions of us, we have become extensions of media. It’s a seismic shift, comparable to when Copernicus said Earth is no longer at the centre of the universe. So, if we want to get a glimpse of where we are heading as a species, the comments section is full of clues about how and where power is shifting.