March 10, 2003

World of Dissent

It looks like not everyone is totally enamored with the World of Ends. Particularly vocal seems to be Richard Bennett, who rebuts many of the points here (“Cluetrainish hallucination”) and here (“false picture of the Internet”), as well as in the comments section of the document itself.

Bottom line: Searls and Weinberger are hippies, and they see a Free and Open Internet as a key building block of a free and open world, in much the way that Timothy Leary saw LSD in a previous generation. They’re concerned that commercial interests will spoil their metaphor through misunderstanding, and somehow pervert it into a tool of control, oppression, and Big Brother. But they fall into the trap that they warn about, by romanticizing the ‘Net and making it more metaphor than reality.

Always good to keep the debate flowing, I guess. Russell Beattie apparently has a really good dissenting viewpoint here, but I can’t seem to reach his site right now. Maybe later.

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  1. Richard Bennett says:

    Beattie's criticism is more or less the same as Marc Canter's, namely that the Internet is actually quite complex, and needs to get more complex to support the kinds of services that will usher in the next generation of network apps – mainly QoS so we can do video.

    Doc and Weinberger admit that WoE is not a technically accurate description, but say that's OK because they want to convince policy makers to keep their hands off or they're gonna break the 'Net. Thing is, if they believe they can break it, they're going to try all the harder instead of just figuring out how to make money off content.

    Posted March 11, 2003 @ 4:40 am
  2. gg says:


    Posted March 13, 2003 @ 6:25 am

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