The interesting thing about the future of internet is that it will cut
through ALL OF OUR prejudices.
Sure, the red-neck hill billy will have a voice, as will the Islamic
fundamentalist, as will the atheist, as will Roger Harnden - but ALL
of them will be in the mix, and only some of them will be attractive
to 'all of the people all of the time' (Bob Dylan).
The only ones scared of it should be those of us - and that side of
EACH of us - who feel uneasy about co-existence with 'the other'.
And, every State and every Prejudice, will be scared by this and will
attempt to diffuse the possibility that all ' the others' have a voice.
And - Frank - this is not because of any intrinsic 'big brother' or
'expertise - but because the Web is uncontrollable except in 'local
The Web itself is not a vantage or pulpit, but a CHANNEL or an order
of magnitude greater than any that might have been conceived by
McCluhan. Pulpits and expertises will hustle each other for space in
this medium, but each will fail - or, more accurately, will rise,
variously dominate, and disappear in an endless flow.
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