Monday, 18 April 2011

Information Control: Will the Internet Become Another Comercial Radio?

Very interesting review in The New York Review of Books about reflections on the internet. Among the points: radio in its infancy offered the same sort of easy entrance and wide audience that the internet enjoys now. It was only when corporations--the Radio Corporation of America, for one--began to see the potential for making money through controlling the number of voices that radio became something.

The moral here is clear. The internet may be hard to control, but governments and business is going to want to do so. We must remain vigilant, and not be wooed by gadgets to give up our voices. Rememeber: there's 500 channels on television and not much worth watching.

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