Monday, July 21, 2008

Missouri Netizen

At the end of the twentieth century we began to believe in technology again. The nuclear arms race had left us soured and it was hard not to meditate on the fact civilization had used all its creative energy to build an explosive device capable of wiping us all out in a matter of hours.

Something began to emerge, faith in humanities ability to harness technology to do something good.

While we, the Netizens, worked to provide universal access to the "information superhighway," we began to wonder - maybe the question isn't whether we'll all be plugged in but rather, "Will we be able to unplug".

There was no going back at this point, The world's nation-states were begging to warm from the lingering chill left from the Cold War. Access to the Internet moved from friendly nations to all nations that would allow its citizens access.

Cameras, laptops, cell phones the World Wide Web was emerging and a new economy dreamed by technocrats thrilled Wall Street. The era of the geek finally arrived.

We were finally beginning to restore hope that human could use technology responsibly and imagine the end to war. After all technology wasn't a commodity like any other on the planet.

When you share information it doesn't lose its inherent value - in fact the value goes up, since you know who has it.

Hope of an unending peace was finally shattered for Americans when the twin tours crumbled.

Since the majority of Americans are now plugged in it's a good time to explore both the possibilities and dangers facing the age we predicted would come.

The purpose of this site is to focus on voices relating to the political issues our new marriage to technology births in addition to sharing voices and demonstrating tools that help us interact with the nation we own.

**The logo above was created with the help of graphic artist V.J. Smith borrowing the cultural attributes of Wired Magazine who dedicated journalists in the late 90's to discuss emerging technology from the scientific, cultural and political implications we're experiencing now - a decade later.

1 comment:

Xtreme Graphic Design said...

Didn't have to mention my name...