I've never been much of a technological visionary(or visionary of any kind, really.) I just use the stuff to get my words and pictures out there, and to learn from those of others. I don't really care so much what the format being used is, although if it allows me to reach more people, and vice-versa, all the better. I guess my main concern about the internet of the future is not how it will look, but rather, how it will be regulated. Are we approaching the end of the halcyon days of largely unabated free expression online? There are some scary trends. The whole Napster thing could lead to eventual draconian restrictions on the sharing of information, perhaps even at the hardware level. The increasing commercialization of content and consolidation of isp's could lead to corrupted or censored speech. And then there's always the conservatives, wishing to silence unpopular speech to protect the children, or family values, or whatever their current excuse for censorship du jour happens to be. Hopefully, there will always be a place for our voices to be heard. If not, it could indeed suck.
by Jared Dunn on 3/6/2001 05:11:15 PM | bang on