I was listening to Jeff Jarvis talking about Davos on TWiG episode 131. He was mentioning that he had a chance to see what the 0.1% thought about the Internet and SOPA protests. As I think he put it, “They’re scared shitless.”
My mind began to jump about with other topics and something came to me. If these ultra powerful people are scared, what would be the core of their fear? Do they think that, like Victor Frankenstein, they have created a monster so powerful that they can neither control, nor destroy it? Do they instead think that the Internet community is beginning to rise up and revolt against them? Either story usually results in brutality and possible self destruction. But there is yet another question to be asked, is the Internet community fighting for its independence, and what would that look like?
I thought I would put this out to ponder. What is the Internet in relation to the physical world? Is it a nation onto its own that crosses the political boundaries of the globe as we know it? Is it an entity that should be made to answer to a council or higher power and tasked with the responsibility of self regulation? These are important things to consider, because the doctor has named its monster, the empire its rebellion. We know what is likely to follow and the only question then will be, will the Internet be subdued or triumphant?