BEYOND THE BEYOND Digital Power and Its Discontents

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[ Sun. Apr. 11. 2010 ]

Great to see Shirky and Morozov having a civilized and productive discussion here.

* I take John Brockman’s point that it would be great to see these important matters tackle by a host of accredited thinkers — but I don’t know what the academy would say before these phenomena vaporize. By the time you can figure out whether Twitter is "good for" Kazakhstan or not, there may be no Kazakhstan and/or no Twitter.

* Also, watching people jump all over hippie utopian tracts that John Perry Barlow wrote ten years ago — that forces me to recognize how important John Perry Barlow was, and still is. Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world, boys.

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