Not being in the world's power centers does suck if you are attracted to them, but the internet is valuable in being able to globalize the conversation about our future.
So far and yet so near.
If only IRC weren't so dead these days, the internet was more of an international playground in some respects when I was growing up. But I do love that I can get international newspapers on the internet now and they have real-time comment sections.
Everyone can have a published voice now, of course time is valuable so mass exposure isn't available to all.