John Perry Barlow on Mon, 20 Nov 95 06:33 MET

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Re: Utopian Promises-Net Realities / Critical Art Ensemble

At 5:01 PM 11/19/95, Pit Schultz wrote:

>The need for net criticism certainly is a matter of overwhelming urgency.


Really? What do you propose we do with your criticisms and indictments?
Even if we find the Net to be brimming with toxins to the future
commonweal, by what means shall we prevent them?

"Direct action" to control the Net toward the improvement of Humankind is
no less perilous in the service of your good intentions than it would be in
the service of Senator Exon's. And stopping it is not an option. It is as
inevitable as evolution, running, as it does, on the same engine.

A decentralized medium offers but few choices - and they are very personal
ones: jack in, jack out, or jack off.

In the end, as Gandhi proposed, "You must be the change you wish to see in
the world." There's little else you can do.


John Perry

John Perry Barlow, Cognitive Dissident
Co-Founder, Electronic Frontier Foundation

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