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January 04, 2005

we are google, resistance is futile

At first, I wasn't sure if this movie was a brilliant prediction of the direction our culture is moving in as a result of technology and intellectual laziness; a bunch of cassandras who became convinced that the Internet will destroy us all after watching the Matrix on soft-core narcotics one too many times; or, just sour grapes from traditional media types bemoaning the impact of blogging and "grassroots journalism" on news today. But then, after poking around on the website for the Free Network Project, which is the only link from broom.org's main page, they appear to be exactly what Epic is railing against, I"m a little confused.

Either way, it's compelling.

Posted by paulette at January 4, 2005 10:21 AM | TrackBack
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I agree with Paulette about the apparent self-damning nature of the intriguing/frightening video and project. I don't get it!

Posted by: Peter on January 4, 2005 11:13 AM

You're right, Paulette, these media history guys have done a few too many bong hits. But these Freenet people are just plain crazy.

"You cannot guarantee freedom of speech and enforce copyright law" from the Philosophy page of the Freenet site.

This is a completely ludicrous statement. Freedom of speech and freedom of the press are guarantees of freedom from persecution by the government, not freedom from prosecution for stealing someone else's creation or property.

If you aren't civilized enough to follow some modicum of protocol in citing your sources when you use them, you aren't smart enough to have anything to say that I want to hear. The reason these guys are confusing you is becasue they are confused as to how the laws really work in this country to protect copyrighted work. If something has a copyright and you take it without paying for it or use it without citing it that makes you a thief or a plagiarist. I wouldn't want to associate myself or my business with either.

Posted by: terry on January 4, 2005 05:57 PM
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