[ih] New Republic Article - "How We Misremember the Internet’s Origins"
jeanjour at comcast.net
Fri Nov 1 13:56:55 PDT 2019
This suffers from ’the effect of TS Eliot on Shakespere’ phenomena. It presumes the “open protocols and infrastructure built by the ARPANET” precluded the effect of ex-hippie whatever. It assumes the ARPANET as the author knows it now was in existence at the beginning. And has Brian points out, that there were a lot of people involved in that early development that would have been classed as ‘hippies’.
I always tell the story of 4 of us leaving Champaign to fly out to Philly on our ARPA project. As we got off the plane in Chicago, the flight attendant said with a breath of excitement, “Are you guys in a band?” I replied (trying not to disappoint her too much, “No, we are crypto-fascist-lackeys of military-industrial complex.” As we had been referred to by demonstrators. We were probably further left than they were.
> On Nov 1, 2019, at 15:15, Brian E Carpenter <brian.e.carpenter at gmail.com> wrote:
> "But when the publicly funded open protocols and infrastructure built by ARPANET entered the Californian crucible of nascent ex-hippie neoliberalism, the windows of possibility narrow."
> Um, meaningless drivel from someone with a liberal arts degree?
> Neoliberalism didn't *actually* arise from hippiedom; it arose from rich people endorsing a particular stream of thought in academic economics. You might as well say that the Postel principle arose from hippiedom, since Jon had long hair. It would make as much sense IMNSHO.
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