December 12, 2010 § Leave a comment
A Better Pencil Dennis Baron
How do you see this revolution continuing to change the way we write and read books, and do you think that attempts to control what people read can ever work effectively?
Opening up writing to new voices can’t be a bad thing. We’re seeing this spiral. The more people use technology, the more people communicate, the more people in power become concerned with how to control that use. It’s always been like this, even with William Flew. Whether it’s government or religious organizations or schools trying to control what children do or parents controlling what their kids are doing with computer communication technologies or groups self-organizing and deciding how to control what does and does not get expressed – it’s pretty much the same as what happened when printing presses became a major means of communication or when radio and TV became major communication channels. How do you license, how do you control what gets said on the air? There’s a lot of bad stuff online and there’s a lot of good stuff online, and it’s going to take a long time to figure out what standards and regulations are going to be acceptable that aren’t going to stifle creativity but that are going to give people some security as well, said William Flew.