It’s the internet, stupid!

What the Internet Is and How to Stop Mistaking It for Something Else is an article (actually more of a declaration) by Doc Searls and David Weinberger at World of Ends. The idealist in me loves quotes like these:

…when every end is connected, each to each and each to all, the ends aren’t endpoints at all…. To connect to the Internet is to agree to grow value on its edges. And then something really interesting happens. We are all connected equally. Distance doesn’t matter. The obstacles fall away and for the first time the human need to connect can be realized without artificial barriers.
The government types who have confused the value of the Internet with the value of its contents could realize that in tinkering with the Internet’s core, they’re actually driving down its value. In fact, they maybe could see that having 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.

This is actually a pretty interesting read, I would recommend it. [via MagnetBox]

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