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The internet is realistic
By Dave Winer on Tuesday, January 03, 2012 at 3:53 PM.

A picture named tryHarder.jpgPeople say I'm an optimist for thinking the Internet will always exist, even though there's an Unternet. But I think I'm a realist. Here's why. #

1. They will Disnify the protocols we now think of as The Internet. I don't think it's a matter of probability, it's a certainty.  #

2. What that means is that using the net will become more like going to the movies or watching TV. A programmed experience. Your choice is which channel to watch, but all the channels will have the same stuff, so it's not actually a choice. #

But then Dave, you say, isn't that the Unternet snuffing out the Internet? #

To which I would say is that there will have to be a new protocol. That's all. #

There was the equivalent of the Internet in Soviet Russia and there is one in China today. People find a way not only to have seditious thoughts, but to share them. No matter what the barriers are. #

The people of the United States are spoiled. They think if it's hard to be free then we won't be free. But they don't know.  #

When we need to communicate directly, person to person, instead of through corporate media, we will find a way to do it. #

That doesn't mean the ride is going to be easy. But if you think it hasn't taken a lot of hard work and hail mary's to get to where we are with the net today, as it is, you don't understand how we got here.  #

That will certainly continue.  #

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