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March 22nd, 2007
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How the Republicans made the Internet possible
If you've got 40 minutes or so, take a look at Lawrence Lessig's speech to the Center for American Progress last June on the history of the Internet, and how Republican principles made it possible (and now may be working to stifle it).

The link above from the Internet Archive is fascinating ... not only because of the content of the speech, but because someone took his PowerPoint slides and synchronized his audio to them, so you're actually hearing the speech as it was given.  And, by the way, in 40 minutes, he uses 457 slides.  (That alone is a reason to watch it and learn ...)

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From:jkhuggins
Date:March 23rd, 2007 01:46 pm (UTC)
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I tend to think that the influence on the Internet was accidental rather than intentional ... I know of very few people who had any clue that the Internet would become what we think of it today, and those few people who had it right weren't exactly in the mainstream of contemporary thought.

So, it's not surprising that different political winds can simultaneously make the Internet better or worse, depending on the moment. Still, it's interesting to think about the consequences.

(The effect of technology on society, and vice versa, is a favorite topic of mine ...)
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From:majorcrunch
Date:March 25th, 2007 10:36 am (UTC)

(The effect of technology on society, and vice versa, is a favorite topic of mine ...)

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I, too, am interested in the effect(s) of technology on society and vice versa. I'm also interested in the effect(s) of technology on theology (which I suppose could be a sub-set of the aforementioned topic, in certain instances).

Vanity! I thought I was good at PowerPoint presentations!
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