March 15, 2009

Stephen Fry and Internet

My old time favourite Stephen Fry talked about the Internet, the web, social networks, emails and Twitter last Thursday on BBC Radio 4. As usual with great intellect and wit. On people worrying about the Internet he said the following:
But the internet is a city and, like any great city, it has monumental libraries and theatres and museums and places in which you can learn and pick up information and there are facilities for you that are astounding - specialised museums, not just general ones.

But there are also slums and there are red light districts and there are really sleazy areas where you wouldn't want your children wandering alone...

And I think people must understand that about the internet - it is a new city, it's a virtual city and there will be parts of it of course that they dislike, but you don't pull down London because it's got a red light district.
Very true words from a man who calls himself dweeb and meistergeek.

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