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Cell phones make a lot of sense from a certain standpoint. They're great for calling and for a certain kind of e-mail. But if you want to experience cyberspace in any meaningful way you can't do it with a cell phone.
I fought it hammer and tong, but the drummers had inoperable bricks in their head about it. What's worse is that they now want to remove all Dead music from the Web.
I had heard about them [acid tests] and was deeply offended along with everybody else in my sort of Eastern Orthodox Church of LSD, ... We thought it was a very serious sacrament and should not be handed out in bathtubs for people to drink as much as they want.
I was a rebellious kid, and my father was a politician, ... Over the course of my fourteenth year, my Mormon Boy Scout troop turned into a motorcycle gang. We all bought little Honda motorcycles. We thought we were a lot worse than we probably were, but the locals thought we were bad enough. My father was told that if he ever wanted to get re-elected anything, he was going to have to get me the hell out of sight. So he sent me off to prep school, and there I met the guy [Bob Weir] who was going to become the rhythm guitar player for the Grateful Dead, and he and I have been one another's official best friend ever since.
In Cyberspace, the 1st Amendment is a local ordinance
In Cyberspace, the First Amendment is a local ordinance.
New media, like any chaotic system, are highly sensitive to initial conditions. Today's heuristical answers of the moment become tomorrow's permanent institutions of both law and expectation.
Our identities have no bodies, so, unlike you, we cannot obtain order by physical coercion. We believe that from ethics, enlightened self-interest, and the commonweal, our governance will emerge.
Our universities are so determined to impose tolerance that they'll expel you for saying what you think and never notice the irony
Relying on the government to protect your privacy is like asking a peeping tom to install your window blinds.
Something like this (Digital Universe) is a vision of the future that will probably come to pass, but it won't be implemented like this because their vision is too comprehensive. They want to cover everything, which is generally a bad way to go.
That's a world worth taking a risk for,
The Internet treats censorship as a malfunction and routes around it.
They have no home town, urban life is standardised and they come from a place called Generica
We were so lost in generica, I actually forgot what city we were in
We will create a civilization of the Mind in Cyberspace. May it be more humane and fair than the world your governments have made before.
You do not know our culture, our ethics, or the unwritten codes that already provide our society more order than could be obtained by any of your impositions.
[Tapers, as I've said, I love you. Your cause is righteous. There is nothing wrong with offering audiophiles music in dense, memory-heavy formats that sound great when pumped through awesome speakers. But I implore you to make an effort to distribute your recordings in a medium of lesser fidelity, as well.] I think that if there's something you like, ... that you think ought to be there in a hundred years, deserves being part of the human heritage, you almost have a moral responsibility to see that it gets digitized and put in as many places as possible.
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