The Washington Post has a fascinating article about a manifesto written in 1996 entitled A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace. (Click the link. It’s worth reading.) The piece is by John Perry Barlow, who articulated a utopian high-tech libertarianism that still influences the tech industry and internet culture. His writing lauds the radical freedom and spiritual changes made possible in the cyberworld, and it is also deadset against any kind of big government, with its regulations and controls.
Read the piece by Jacob Silverman, who has written a book on the subject, excerpted and linked after the jump. Silverman critiques Barlow for his libertarianism and his opposition to government, maintaining that his successful crusade to keep the internet independent of the government simply allowed private corporations to take over and to do what he did not want government to do. What do you think of this? [Read more...]