Friday, June 02, 2006

Internet: government of the people!


If “government” means the “act of exercising authority,” then I must report that I believe my official government may not be my official government.

Wikipedia has this definition:

A government (from the Greek Κυβερνήτης kubernites - steersman, governor, pilot, or rudder) is an organization that has the power to make and enforce laws for a certain territory. There are several definitions on what exactly constitutes a government. In its broadest sense, "govern" means the power to administrate, whether over an area of land, a set group of people, or an association.

If this is really what government is – a body of influence, whose rules and laws I form, obey and own my government is The Internet.

To The Internet we listen, to The Internet we ask our question, to The Internet we turn for converge in our human divergence. The Internet is the government of the commons, which has leveled social and class and racial and other barriers like no other power in the history of humankind.

I think for the first time in history, humans across the globe have created a government that is truly a government of the people, by the people, for the people.

2 comments:

temporal said...

B:

To The Internet we listen, to The Internet we ask our question, to The Internet we turn for converge in our human divergence.

your sure?

internet is only the medium…it is neither the message nor the messenger

what thrives here is the open and accessible communication between far-flung human beings

Ramla A. said...

Excellent question. I was about to answer it here, but it deserves a separate post. As always, you have the knack of provoking thoughtfulness.