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Hendrik Goltzius' Der Sündenfall (Wikimedia Commons)

Hendrik Goltzius’ “The Fall of Man” (1616) (Wikimedia Commons)



What we wanted to do was spill boiling oil onto the heads of our enemies as they attempted to bang down the gates of our village. But as everyone now knows, we had some problems, primarily technical problems, that prevented us from doing what we wanted to do the way we had hoped to do it. What we’re asking for today is another chance.



Early 2009, Amelia Torode proclaimed: “Technology changes, people don’t“. From pillaging Visigoths (493 to 553) to Torode’s statement early 21. century, people are getting in their way and block those who are hungry from getting anywhere.




The French have proven more fate in the guillotine, then the Visigoths with boiling water. A technology since 1977 no longer in use, that contributed to the impact the french revolution (1789 bis 1799) has today. They got rid of their old heads. A philanthropic contribution with greater weight than all the humanitarian chit chat of rightful people in business and politics and more recently in social media.



Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen in 1789“ von Jean-Jacques-François Le Barbier[1]. Lizenziert unter Public domain über Wikimedia Commons.



Ethan Zuckerman, the current director of the MIT Center for Civic Media, in his days at Tripod.com toward the end of the Nineties, has invented the pop-up ad. recently published a heck of an essay in the Atlantic called The Internet’s Original Sin.” In it, he asks for forgiveness for his contribution to turning the internet from a place with some banner ads to a creepy surveillance state in which your every move is tracked (be it by the NSAs, the Facebooks, or just the lowly advertisers).

What we are witnessing now is a series of apologies by people most familiar with the web who have largely contributed to its development.

The Internet is of course not as dirty as I have perceived it coming from hypertext in the early years. It filled with titanium-white traps and it is beautiful. It overcomes time and space. Go slow and you will see.

Read the full story by Mark Wilson.