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COMMUNET May 1993, Week 1

Subject:

After they've seen Paree

From:

Dean Gottehrer <[log in to unmask]>

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Communet: Community and Civic Network Discussion List

Date:

Thu, 6 May 1993 21:28:47 -0900

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How ya gonna keep em down on the farm after they've seen the Internet?  Well,
I suppose that doesn't have the verve of the original, but you get the idea.
I'd like to suggest there is a flip side to the brain drain to the city caused
by the urban global net web described by Graham and others so far.
 
And simply put it is that the nets allow those of us who enjoy the
intellectual ferment and stimulation of big city life but prefer clean air,
living 10 minutes from work, reduced crime, involving, wholesome atmosphere of
small town life to stay away and still be connected.  I can stay in touch and
not have to be contaminated.
 
As all politics is local (thanks Tip O'Neill for that insight), so too most
news that matters is local and most of what people will argue vehemently is
local.  It all depends on how you define local.  For me, local is Alaska.
Local is Anchorage, now that I live here.  Local used to be Juneau and before
that Fairbanks.  It has also been Middletown and Portland, Conn., Del Mar and
Chula Vista and San Diego, Calif., and upper west side Manhattan, Detroit,
Michigan, the District of Columbia and the French Quarter of New Orleans, and
North Miami, Fla., and Medellin and Rionegro, Antioquia in Colombia, and
Euclid and Cleveland Ohio.
 
That kind of local is geography.  Local is also Communet, Govdoc-L, PACS-L,
FOODWINE, CARR-L, RISKS, COM-PRIV, ETHICS-L, COM-SOC, CPSR and EFF and
CAF--and I could go on, but you get the idea.
 
Local is freedom of information, journalism, privacy, uses of computers,
ethics, access to information, telecommunications, telecommuting,
privatization of government information, etc.
 
If you build it local and you build it right, they will come.  They may also
go and they may even come back.  Nothing is forever except perhaps death,
taxes and change.
 
Look at local in ways other than geographical.  In a small community I may
know more about my neighbors than about my best friends.  In a big community I
don't even know my neighbors' names and may know more about my net friends.
The nets help people in big communities communicate with other people who
share similar communities of interest.  And those communities can be
geographically based, but they can have other foundations as well.  In small
communities, the local nets help us stay in touch while we live where we want
to.
 
Dean Gottehrer
[log in to unmask]
Anchorage, Alaska

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