Suffice to say I wish I was back in college, I wish I was an intellectual, I wish I could do something like this on a regular basis, and I wish I was back in college…really. (Especially at Harvard.) These guys are pretty brilliant, great teachers, and do some good work with PowerPoint (as opposed to PowerPointLess.)
Here are just a couple of excerpts that I thought were blog relevant.
Autonomy–The Internet architecture moves away from broadcast and telephony where everyone is a passive receiver of finished content to one where anyone can create his own information. Everyone is a pamphleteer. In order for information to be free, to be users instead of consumers, etc. we must have some substantial portion of the information environment that is free from the control of anyone.
Great ideas come from outside the core network owners. Most of the big innovations of the Internet age, Hotmail, ICQ, Napster, etc. were created by kids and/or non-Americans. Outsiders are the key to innovation.
And an article by Robert Boynton (who I’ve been schooling on RSS) from the NY Times magazine that covers a lot of the context for these discussions: The Tyranny of Copyright