[FoRK] Why has the Internet changed so little?

Stephen Williams sdw at lig.net
Sat Apr 7 18:06:59 PDT 2012

Come on...  Everything _has_ changed.  The economics-is-everything viewpoint is very tiresome.  If it doesn't involve dominating 
financial numbers, it doesn't exist to these guys.  We knew the Internet was going to be big for years or decades before these 
guys because they couldn't see the numbers.  It doesn't matter much that a lot of the status quo has continued.  If it didn't 
we'd have a disaster.  What matters is how people experience the world, each other, communication, entertainment, making and 
using relationships, sex, fashion, knowledge availability, and how quickly things evolve with what kind of freedom.  Beyond the 
ho-hum details of living and basic industry, everything has changed.

People have such short, shallow, and filtered memories it is a wonder they notice anything at all.


On 3/6/12 8:56 AM, Eugen Leitl wrote:
> (I don't know what the internet is -- he probably means the Internet)
> http://www.opendemocracy.net/james-curran/why-has-internet-changed-so-little
> Why has the Internet changed so little?
> James Curran, 4 March 2012
> The Internet Age was meant to change everything - internationalism, commerce,
> journalism, government - all would be transformed, made equal and boundless
> by the click. It's time to admit this has simply failed to happen, and what
> is more interesting than the bad forecasting is the reason that they seemed
> so tempting in the first place. (This is the text of a lecture delivered in
> Sydney in December 2011)


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