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John Perry Barlow Interviewed

An interesting interview. After you have read the portions I have excerpted here, go to the cnet web site, view their ads and read the rest:

Q: What dissenting stories aren't getting published? What communities aren't being built because of corporate totalitarianism?

A: That's just it: We don't know. We've reached a point where the media are so owned by the large corporations and they live in this tight loop where practically all they can convey is what is already believed. I believe that mass media exists to confirm the hallucinations of the masses. If you want to get a story through that doesn't sync up with the dominant belief system, it's just not going to happen. So who the hell knows what else is going on out there?

Q: To play devil's advocate, isn't Microsoft simply selling a product that millions of people are willing to purchase at their own will?

A: Oh, come on. People aren't willing. Microsoft is giving people what Microsoft wants because it has a monopoly, which isn't based on the value of the product but rather a positive feedback loop in the information economy: Everything is compatible with Windows, ergo, Windows prevails and continues to prevail regardless of its liabilities. It's No. 1 because it's No. 1, period, not because it's valuable. In fact, it's become totally diabolical.

CNET: Trouble ahead, trouble behind

Mike|67.219.26.78|||6|2|23|2002|7|53|57|AM|Interesting, this on the heels of finding out M$ WMP records a log file with no benefit to the user. I still could not get past the feeling that Barlow is a little bitter from losing 95% of his net (no pun intended) worth, probably on AOL, AT&T and M$ stock

John|192.168.0.2||http://kacked.com|6|2|23|2002|1|5|27|PM|He goes to burningman. I was relaxing in camp at the past burningman and I heard someone passing in the street remark: "yep, last year at this time I was worth a lot of money..."

I think you're probably right about him being bitter. Bet you're wrong about the motive though. I think he feels the same way the digicash guy does (I don't remember his name) when he said in an interview in Wired magazine [I'm paraphrasing of course]: "you gotta tell people, you gotta make them understand --we're at a point in history where things can get really good or really bad. Depending on how these emerging technologies are implemented". I think he's probably bitter because he feels that most people have their heads in the sand, and because of that we're basically all f*cked.



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