Douglas Rushkoff on Wed, 14 Feb 2018 11:23:27 +0100 (CET)

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Re: <nettime> John Perry Barlow R.I.P.

For what itâ??s worth, Barlow lived more in most days than the majority of people live in a year or a lifetime. 

He was *finally* working on the book that Penguin contracted him to write back in the late 1980â??s about the emerging culture of cyberspace. I sure hope he got enough done for it to be edited and published. 

I always felt like his Declaration of Independence of Cyberspace misrepresented his real thinking about the relationship of law, order, business, and cyber culture. Yes, it had a libertarian, anti-government stance. But that was a very anti-government moment, as far as the net was concerned. They were arresting hackers (Operation SunDevil) and censoring content (Computer Decency Act). Of course, by working to make the net a government-free zone, this approach just opened it to the corporations who poured in. But I think it was hard to see that coming, particularly for the early libertarians of the net, who thought small and local business would be favored in such a seemingly a bottom-up, decentralized environment. 


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