I believe that being alone in impersonal conditions enables a certain kind of interior work, a certain of subjective activity. It's a state in which reflection is possible, because you are released from gemeinschaft, from the physical stimulation of other people.
We have before us the catastrophic figure of an individual who has lost, along with his or her natural mobility, any immediate means of intervening in the environment. The fate of the individual is handed over, for better or for worse, to the capacities of receivers, sensors, and other long-range detectors that turn the person into a being subjected to the machines

(Virilio, 'The Third Interval')