We’re as free as we want to be. Perhaps it’s a trite statement, yet with the Fourth of July holiday upon us, I cannot help but consider it. Freedom is a choice. At least for those of us that are fortunate enough to live in countries where we aren’t punished for speaking our mind in private conversation or online. You […]

Patagonia winds whisper to me like it was yesterday. How I crave to be in the mountains walking up and down rugged landscapes, hoping to see yet another breathtaking view, some aspect of the world I never expected, and breathe in the clean cool air. To be surrounded by nothing except the stunning wilds, untethered from the Internet, no cell […]

Given the Independence Day holiday, let’s discuss a modern freedom that comes with going dark on the Internet. Image by Anna Douglass I’ve been enjoying a vacation for the past few days, in large part because I don’t feel the need to be online. Electing to go dark for extended stints has been hard. There were emails I wanted to […]

Ronin – A lordless samurai, especially one whose feudal lord had been deprived of his territory. There are many of us today, many more than 25 years ago, even 10 years ago. The economy combined with the empowering freedom of social tools has created an abundance of free agent communicators. Like the ronin in Japan’s feudal times, we know no […]

Tokyo’s Libya Protest by jetalone Secretary of State Clinton made a speech last week committing to the ideal of an uncensored Internet as a primary tool for freedom. Her remarks — while in contrast to U.S. reactions about Wikileaks and the Obama Administration’s questionable policies on net neutrality — were made in the wake of the incredible events that have […]

Tomorrow marks the 25th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr. day as an official U.S. federal holiday. It is during this holiday that MLK’s famous “I Had a Dream” speech plays on TV stations, radios and is discussed on the Internet. Perhaps the greatest aspect of the dream was hope for a meritocracy where his children, “not be judged by […]

Co-author’s Note (11/20): Trackbacks on this post have been turned off.  Links/SEO were not my objective. The following is a joint manifesto. (Cross posted with Ike) Please follow along with: Geoff Livingston… and… …Ike Pigott. (Audio link.) With pitchforks and torches, the mob brought down an unresponsive and paternalistic media, that had used decades (broadcast) and centuries (print) of scarcity […]