Good and funny article about the differences between Europe and the USA: The great divide. It also spawned this ludicrous MeFi thread (no comment necessary), only outdone by this ludicrous MeFi thread, which completely proves the arguments in the first one.
Two things: Firstly, once upon a time people used to be a little bit embarrassed about spying. If caught you'd have the decency to feel a bit ashamed, even though everyone does it. A bit like wanking in the garage.
Secondly, I used the think the www was self-selecting for enlightened, tolerant liberals. Sadly I'm not sure that is any longer the case. And I think it's growing so quickly that newcomers can't be absorbed into the culture.