Is it possible to stay on the high road of creative virtue without constant temptation from the dark side of the force?
If you don't have time to buy and read Johnathan Zittrain's book then read these articles instead:
Protecting the Internet without wrecking it by Johnathan Zittrain
review: The future of the internet (O'Reilly)
This short blog is just a brief introduction to a discussion we have to have.
The development cycle from creative disruptive technology to regulated, safe but non creative gee whiz appliances. Initially, the generative tools, the disruptive technologies like the PC and the internet crushed their non-generative competitors like the stand alone word processor and restricted proprietary on line services
But the generative tools generated a lot of stuff that many people don't like - spam, porn, online paedophiles, bullying etc.
So now many opt for non generative tools that are safe: the iPhone replaces the Apple. Both have been produced under the leadership of the same person (Steve Jobs) but the iPhone is totally locked down whilst the Apple was totally open for exploration
Will we opt for open systems with all their rich potential for both unbridled, creative exploration and dark maleovalence or safe, useful but closed appliances?
The al upton blog closure issue is a tiny but important pimple on the enormous pumpkin about the future of creative humanity.
video presentation about his book by Johnathan Zittrain (entertaining as well as comprehensive - 60 minutes)
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