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September 26, 2003

Making a difference

This quote from Britt Blazer's excellent essay against the ongoing privatisation of the internet.

Ever since I was a kid, I've wondered if I'd have the guts to diss the English in a 1775 coffee shop. How would I have conducted myself in mid-thirties Germany or later, in occupied France? Would I have stood up and attacked McCarthy when he was the Ashcroft of the fifties? Those were all opportunities to say something unpopular at the risk of persecution and ridicule. Leave aside whether I'd have dumped tea in the harbor or hidden Anne Frank. I have simply hoped I'd have the courage to take a stand surrounded by neighbors telling me to sit down and shut up.

It also contains a link to John Walker's Digital Imprimatur, which I'm going to make the time to read properly.

Sometimes I'm an early adopter, sometimes I'm stubbornly late. But often I find myself just ahead of the tipping point. I think this could be just one of those moment. Where the users of the internet turn round and say 'no, *ours*'.

Via The Obvious.

Posted by Tom Dolan at September 26, 2003 02:20 PM

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