Bram Dov Abramson on Fri, 19 Apr 2002 14:13:02 +0200 (CEST)

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[Nettime-bold] Re: The Economist: The Internet sells its soul
>I love all this "The internet sells out" talk. As if it were ever
>about something besides profit?

Yes, it was certainly ever about something besides profit.  In fact, 
it was once heavily subsidised, highly unprofitable, highly 
undesigned for profitability, and generally not part of the 
commercial sphere.

Nor was the Internet very widely used at all.

The transformation of what was then into what is now, and the 
investment which has fuelled that process, is kind of the point, and 
kind of what makes the Internet so full of possibilities, 
contradictions, etc.

Is history really disappearing this fast?


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