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    Re: Bravo. Well said.
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Thursday October 03 2002, @09:12PM (#9548)
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    Well thanks. And I think you've hit the nail on the head, most people aren't leaders or followers (or they are leaders in one context and followers in another and are side by side in a third). What some people don't realize, and I can only barely glimpse, is what a paradigm shift we are now in largely due to the internet and ever-increasing computer power. That a considerable portion of the world's information is at our fingertips is unknown back to the earliest days of small human groupings, and even then one group didn't have easy access to all others.

    If I can go back to pointy stick days for a moment and speculate, now there was a meritocracy. UG was nasty with a pointed stick so you didn't cross him, and you let him lead the hunt for meat. But he was usually mostly useless for leading the hunt for berries or water, and he normally knew that and was content to follow, but if he copped an attitude and demanded to be leader in inappropriate circumstances too strenuously he was told to take a hike, and if that didn't suffice, one waited for him to go to sleep and then took the pointy sticks to him. That is, it was largely a distributed leadership system, and if it got too far out of homeostasis something broke, either UG or the group, or both. It must have worked fairly well, we're still here as a species.

    Then along came this idea of intellectual property, that one could own and indeed hoard information (usually not even originally one's own, did the record companies invent jazz or blues or rock 'n' roll or country or GAK! even rap? No, in fact it was the poorest of the poor that did so and they saw little return for it). That is, that one could know where to find water but would rather turn blue than share it freely. And shortly thereafter there came the post-industrial age, the age of information, where if one wants a sip of water one has a desktop firehose and gets more than enough. A strange conjuncture that is still shaking itself out.

    Those who claim they own information quite understandably try to control it. One way to do that is by setting up gates and guards at certain crossroads, and ICANN is the putative owner of some of those. So, those who would control information take over control of ICANN and they've got some pinchpoints in the firehose. Or so they think, that's about as useful as a dinosaur opening an umbrella when a meteor appears in the sky, but what the hey, let them lumber off to the tarpits thinking they have the world figured. And if they're too slow to go, it's time for the pointy sticks.

    BTW about that pint, just so as you know, I'm boycotting Molson products. :) -g

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