Julia is out east at a “School CIO Summit” of some sort. She’s a bit cranky. I think she needs more glutens.
“Stop talking about Sputnik. In the 1990s, college kids brought the Internet to the business place. It has changed everything.”
I think she’s thinking of a Lawrence Lessig video I linked yesterday. Lessig added a new (to me) twist, arguing that the architechture of the Internet entitled a group of “outsiders” to change the world. By “outsiders”, Lessig was referring to the kids, dropouts, non-Americans that invented Netscape, YouTube, Hotmail, Napster, ICQ, Google, Kazaa, Skype, Reddit, Facebook, Twitter.
Because of the Internet, and the way we build it…(11:19)
Kids can take this culture and remix and share it, so they do
Kids do take this culture and remix it, so they feel they ought to
They outght to, so they feel they are entitled
This entitlement yields the change.
The Internet is our Sputnik. The difference this time around is that it’s ours. The outsiders.
Watch the full video of Lessig’s talk.