On Wed, Dec 01, 2004 at 10:04:15PM -0800, Thomas Bushnell BSG wrote: > Russell Coker <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes: > > > I think that the best solution to many of the worlds problems would be to > > provide really cheap laptops and good net access (including satellite net > > access). The idea is that everyone in the world should be able to download > > whatever they like (with a few exceptions such as child porn). > > It's a great idea, and I hope it would work. But I'm wary of such > technological determinism. In Europe, cheap printing led to a million > presses printing sheets of whatever, with the result that there was a > sudden huge broadening in thought, bringing in its wake the > Refomation, the Enlightenment, and all kinds of good things to follow. > > In China, the result of the very same technology was the exact > opposite; it provided the ability to mass-produce official versions of > classic texts, to centralize the imperial bureaucracy more > effectively, and so forth. > > Thomas Hi Thomas, the freedom of the press means that the people control the press. if the goverment control the press, then there is no such freedom. -Kev -- counter.li.org #238656 -- goto counter.li.org and be counted! (__) (oo) /------\/ / | || * /\---/\ ~~ ~~ ...."Have you mooed today?"...
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