For Aaron: It is up to us!

My two memorable quotes from the film, aside from the whole thing?

You know, there’s sort of these two polarising perspectives, right? Everything is great, the Internet has created all this freedom and liberty, and everything’s going to be fantastic or everything is terrible, the Internet has created all these tools for cracking down and spying, and controlling what we say. And the thing is, both are true, right? The Internet has done both, and both are kind of amazing and astonishing and which one will win out in the long run is up to us. It doesn’t make sense to say, “Oh, one is doing better than the other.” You know, they’re both true. And it’s up to us which ones we emphasise and which ones we take advantage of because they’re both there, and they’re both always going to be there.

And one that should stop all of us on our tracks and make us ask if we are living the life we were born to live or just settling for the ‘Easy Button’.

What is the most important thing I could be working on in the world right now? And if you’re not working on that, why aren’t you?

And as is becoming custom, I end this post with advise from Alan Levine, years of psychological research boiled down to one classic comic:


  1. Nice remix! And such an important perspective about the internet. And rarely are these ‘dueling’ perspectives accepted as co-existing and in need of balancing. Larry Lessig has continued to walk the tight rope with his projects. Including his Mayday super pac, which is the crowd funded ‘super pac to end all super pacs.’ But he got hammered today with all the candidates they supported losing in midterm elections.

    He sent an email to supporters this AM which acknowledged the tough night, but also tried to be optimistic while quoting American inventor, Charles Kettering: “The only time you mustn’t fail is the last time you try.” I hope they keep failing till they win.

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