Humankind is frequently referred to as a tool-using/-making species. What is becoming clear is that we are also a species with a real talent and drive for greater integration with our tools and with one another. Humankind is an increasingly networked species. And while this is a teleological essay, I am not prepared to make an argument that what we are witnessing is necessarily either a good or bad thing.
One step further in a more political direction:
“Knowledge and praxis of networks as a political project,” 21st Century Society, Volume 4, Issue 3, November 2009, http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17450140903197435