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wagepeace
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posted 13 November 2001 09:05 AM      Profile for wagepeace     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I thought that it would be interesting to speculate on the future of the Internet.

There is an interesting article herewhere there is some speculation.

I took this quote from the article because I found it to be quite accurate.

quote:
"The Web is an important activist tool, but it is quickly becoming a giant cyber-billboard from hell. "

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Michelle
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posted 13 November 2001 09:47 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I wonder if it will be as heavily regulated as pretty much everything else is these days - and whether the corporations are going to be able to control it as much as they want to. I'll bet there will be a lot of e-underground activity if they try. Well, let's face it, they're trying now.
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wagepeace
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posted 13 November 2001 10:34 AM      Profile for wagepeace     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I think there are two internets forming:

The Money Internet - Self Explanatory

To Anti-Money Internet - rabble, marigold, pundit, any of those file swapping services, etc.

I like the Anti-Money Internet because I get to stick it to the man. In this case, the man is Bill Gates or someone of his ilk.

Oh, and I get to stick it to rich musicians.


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Michelle
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posted 13 November 2001 01:56 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
That's pretty much who I've been sticking it to on the internet as well, Wagepeace - musicians. Sometimes I feel a bit guilty, but hey. I just can't afford to spend half my weekly grocery budget on a CD, you know?
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Trinitty
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posted 13 November 2001 02:04 PM      Profile for Trinitty     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I think the internet is our only chance of independant media. Within ten years there will be 2 corporations giving you news/entertainment/lifestyle all delivered on the flickering boxes... all the rest will be state-funded stations.

Media is the most powerful force on our planet, and if we don't get a variety of sources and viewpoints we will be residents of Oceania... even more than we are today.

We must resist the big media corps from taking over the net and having all the rest regulated out of existance.


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saskzen
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posted 17 November 2001 01:22 AM      Profile for saskzen     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The Internet is very much like crack. People get addicted, and will have to be helped to get back into reality.
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JCL
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posted 17 November 2001 01:32 AM      Profile for JCL     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I don't know. I seriously doubt the Internet will be regulated. And if it is, that would be pretty sad. I support free speech online. And as for the RIAA, they can kiss our collective asses. For every one Napster-related site they shut down, 5 others will take its place. Just like speeding. One of 20 people who speed are caught.
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WingNut
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posted 17 November 2001 01:48 AM      Profile for WingNut   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
P2P pretty much demonstrates the the feasibilty of regulating the Internet.

As for Napster, the music industry may have won the battle but lost the war. And, in my opinion, they were incredibly short sighted.
Napster was an organization which could have been regualted and negotiated with to ensure the music industry's concerns were met and fair -- note the word fair -- compensation could be collected and distributed. By killing Napster they ensured that users would find other sources much for difficult to control and regulate such as P2P.
As the old saying goes: be careful what you wish for.

As an interesting side note, a google search of the word "sex" results in 47,800,000 results. The word "news" results in 142,000,000. Maybe that is something positive.


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nonsuch
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posted 22 November 2001 02:30 AM      Profile for nonsuch     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Best take on this subject: William Gibson's novels.
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