John Perry Barlow died last week.
He was a poet, a good writer, a lyricist for the Grateful Dead and a utopian advocate for an internet with no regulation.
He predicted that no rules would reveal our inner morality,
our sense of justice and our smarts.
He is dead now, and he was dead wrong.
Instead we’ve gotten cat videos, online harrassment, economic fraud, stupid shit of every sort, surveillance tracking, advertising that follows you around, the near destruction of musicians and newpaper reporters and teenage suicide spiking off the charts.
And why is that exactly?
This one paragraph from Roger McNamee, early FACEBOOK advisor,
answers that question nicely.
Barlow was so smart, but so blind to the truth.
I’ll miss his writings.