Wild Water on Granite, East Eagle Valley , South Wallowas . . .
On the road in the American Northwest.
ON THE NECESSITY OF ONE
FREE WORLDWIDE WEB
Just as economies move goods, and roads move traffic,
the internet's function, it seems to me, is simply to move bits.
Freedom is a key word here. Freedom of flow, in my view,
can only be guaranteed by the transparent structure and
strict limits of open, public works. (Roads are the best example,
In a time when direct person to person communication and
co-operation has become of central, paramount importance,
what could be more central than a free, universally accesable,
wireless or not, web. I would say that the world can at present
ill-afford not to with utmost urgency undertake its deployment.
But these are just words. Far better is to let one city anywhere
in the world demonstrate to the rest of us the extraordinary
benefits of universal free access—again, the best and clearest
example is roads, payed for and maintained by public money—
and I would venture to guess that the rest of the world will stumble
over itself to immitate their success.
In a way, as I see it, universal access is but a first and necessary
step in ending the insanity of squandering a good third of the
world's resources on war and weaponry. And waking up to the
real task of designing—as Buckminster R. Fuller used to say in his
striking and charming way—livingry.
Again, I would say the world can ill-afford not to do so.
It is possible that the number of mirrors present in a culture
is inversely proportional to the depth of true self-knowledge
In other words, the more mirrors, the less I know myself. Why
might this be so? Perhaps because not reflective glass surfaces,
but rather relationship—with myself, with you, and with the world
around me—is the real mirror which reveals in every moment
who and what I am. Perhaps one could say, that I only can know
myself as reflected in the face of the other, in your face, in the
face of the world, so to speak.
What am I waiting for? Break the mirror!