Infrequently Noted

Alex Russell on browsers, standards, and the process of progress.

Dot Org

As noted on /., ICANN want's to give .org to these wankers. There was a time when the net wasn't being slowly eaten by corporate interests...I vaguely remember it, and I remember it being full of wonder and excitement.

But that's all gone now.

Weblogging has given voice to the little person again, but bloggers are only talking into their little corners. The net's core institutions are all being bought. Whole generations won't even have to worry about being disenfrachised; they won't have ever had a voice to start with. I can see it now:

Welcome to the internet!

please leave any preconceptions of self rule, democracy, fairness, and basic human decency at the door. Oh, and be sure to bring your wallet.

Thank you.

-- the management.