Monday, September 06, 2004

Information Enthusiasm

In addition to the texts already mentioned in class, what other manifestos of information enthusiasm have you been able to find?

Pam Samuelson typically starts her cyberlaw class by assigning John Perry Barlow's "A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace." Here's a passage:
Your increasingly obsolete information industries would perpetuate themselves by proposing laws, in America and elsewhere, that claim to own speech itself throughout the world. These laws would declare ideas to be another industrial product, no more noble than pig iron. In our world, whatever the human mind may create can be reproduced and distributed infinitely at no cost. The global conveyance of thought no longer requires your factories to accomplish.
Please post more examples in the comments to this post.

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