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Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Government by Hallucinating Mob: Interview with John Perry Barlow

ReasonOnline interview with John Perry Barlow: "You now have two distinct ways of gathering information beyond what you yourself can experience. One of them is less a medium than an environment -- the Internet -- with a huge multiplicity of points of view, lots of different ways to find out what’s going on in the world. Lots of people are tuned to that, and a million points of view have bloomed. It creates a cacophony of viewpoints that doesn’t have any political coherence at all, a beautiful melee, but it doesn’t have the capacity to create large blocs of belief.

The other medium, TV, has a much smaller share of viewers than at any time in the past, but those viewers get all their information there. They get turned into a very uniform belief block. TV in America created the most coherent reality distortion field that I’ve ever seen. Therein is the problem: People who vote watch TV, and they are hallucinating like a sonofabitch. Basically, what we have in this country is government by hallucinating mob.

[via Wes Felter]

New Scripting Extension in Mozilla

"This document describes the new cross-browser NPAPI extensions that has been developed by a group of browser and plugin vendors, including the Mozilla Foundation, Adobe, Apple, Opera, Macromedia, Sun Microsystems."

Now activated in Mozilla 1.8a3.

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