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The World of Ends - the Net as an Agreement

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 The World of Ends - the Net as an Agreement2003-03-06 23:59
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by Flemming Funch

David Weinberger and Doc Searls have written an article about what the Internet is and what it isn't. It presents some powerful and simple points that need to be spelled out in neon, for all those who don't quite get it. Maybe not you and I, but maybe the phone company and the recording industry and the government. And you're hearing it from two of the four authors of the Cluetrain Manifesto.
"All we need to do is pay attention to what the Internet really is. It's not hard. The Net isn't rocket science. It isn't even 6th grade science fair, when you get right down to it. We can end the tragedy of Repetitive Mistake Syndrome in our lifetimes — and save a few trillion dollars’ worth of dumb decisions — if we can just remember one simple fact: the Net is a world of ends. You're at one end, and everybody and everything else are at the other ends.

Sure, that’s a feel-good statement about everyone having value on the Net, etc. But it’s also the basic rock-solid fact about the Net's technical architecture. And the Internet’s value is founded in its technical architecture.

Fortunately, the true nature of Internet isn’t hard to understand. In fact, just a fistful of statements stands between Repetitive Mistake Syndrome and Enlightenment ..."



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7 Mar 2003 @ 06:24 by martha : RMS
Repetitive Mistake Syndrome = Present World Situation

Internet Ends = Connecting Souls = Enlightenment  



7 Mar 2003 @ 09:15 by catana : Government and democracy
Tremendously great article! But this comment: "a system that transports all bits equally, without government or industry censorship, is the single most powerful force for democracy and open markets in history" triggered a realization that's been bouncing around in my head for some time. In spite of the necessity for using the word "democracy" in every other sentence, the powers-that-be in the US are scared to death of real democracy. They hate it.

What *is* democracy these days? We can vote, we can write to our congress-people. That's about it. The Bush government is about subverting, pre-empting, and making infinitely more difficult the actual democratic process. Real democracy is always a threat to entrenched power. Part of the current entrenchment process is the destruction of the *possibility* of democratic process. Hence, the perceived need to control the internet. It isn't about porn; it's about democracy.

[end rant]  



7 Mar 2003 @ 10:08 by ming : Democracy
Yeah, the governments and the big companies are scared to death of real democracy, and are trying to avoid it at all costs.  


7 Mar 2003 @ 11:52 by martha : democracy =
American Democracy (presently) = Corporate Domination

Spiritial Democracy = Freedom  



7 Mar 2003 @ 16:06 by b : Freedom in Life and on the Internet
Government and rule of law are part of a democracy. USA, the first democratic republic has been modeled by many emerging countries. It was founded with a constitution. therein is outlined the structure of U.S. government, three branches; executive, legislative, judicial. The military is directly under the executive and regulated by the executive and legislative. Sucession of the executive is guaranteed by election. It is a political system of checks and balances. It was designed by the founders(all men)so that it could not be overthrown from within only from forces from outside of USA. That could only be done by destruction. Thus, a foreign policy of stratigic defense with the ability to preemtively strike or war with a threatening adversary/s. Preventive actions lead to success.

Corporations are made up of employees who are responsible to management and to shareholders. Corporations don't have as much power as an infantry company. Anyone can buy or register and operate a corporation.

"The tree of Liberty must be watered from time to time with the blood of tyrants." Patrick Henry

George Bush is not a tyrant. As each president is elected there is a new administration. The next new president has their adminstration of government. You may not like it but that is the way it has been and that's the way it is.  



7 Mar 2003 @ 16:24 by sharie : voters, choice, and freedom
The Bush Administration has had a stranglehold on the world for the past 30 years. Read the bios of George Bush Sr., Dick Cheney, Rumsfeld, and see where they've been in the White House, the CIA, the military, etc., etc. When they haven't been *in* the White House, they've been CEO's receiving billions in government-guaranteed loans from... guess who... their friends who were in the White House at the time.

If you think the voters choose their leader, look at who owns the software that counts the votes. Watch the video "Unprecedented" that outlines how voters were denied their constitutional right. http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=bev+harris+voters&btnG=Google+Search

That's the way it has been and that's the way it is.  



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