Blind to truly free expression


Jon Katz worte a great Story at Freedom
on how people can over react when
faced with a new technology. He does a great job
explaining how the web has made free speach
possible for so many people.

\"The architecture of
the Internet, as it is right now,\" writes Lawrence Lessig,
a constitutional scholar at Harvard University, \"is
perhaps the most important model of free speech
since the founding [of the American republic].We see, read and hear all the stories about copyright,
patent, music downloading online and piracy. But few
Americans seem aware that the decisions we are
making about the Internet and its architecture reach far
beyond technology and into the most elemental
American ideas of free speech and thought.

As any number of legal and constitutional scholars
have written, the first-generation Internet has broken
down many of the walls built around information, ideas
and intellectual property. It has also become clear in
recent years that the Net has brought into being some
of the most impassioned ideas of people like Thomas
Jefferson and Thomas Paine. The Net has created a
new kind of First Amendment that is, in many ways,
more vivid and powerful than the non-virtual one.
Increasingly, society has become absorbed, even
obsessed by the rise of the Internet as a force in
business and information, but the nuts-and-bolts
ideological source of the Internet’s remarkable rise —
its breathtaking atmosphere of freedom, innovation,
diversity of thought and growth — is often overlooked.

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