The Internet Generation

Fred Wilson: “Their generation grew up with a computer on their lap and now in their pocket. They were on Facebook before they were supposed to be. Their first phone was a smartphone. They prefer to watch a movie on their laptop lying on their bed than in the movie theater. And as a young woman said at Princeton last week, they want “life, liberty, and blazing broadband”.”

I don’t want to think how horrible the Internet will be if SOPA or PIPA are passed. Something organic, self sustaining? No, we can’t have that. It has to be controlled.

I don’t want complete anarchy, that’s not my point. The Internet is fine the way it stands today. The problem is always people. A few bad eggs ruin it for the rest of us, so the rest of us are punished for their bad behavior.

In the end the powers that be are afraid of us, afraid of change, and they can’t keep up. The world isn’t going to slow down. We’re not going back to VHS as a standard for video distribution, or cassette for music. It’s just not going to happen.

As Neo so eloquently put it.

“I know you’re out there. I can feel you now. I know that you’re afraid… you’re afraid of us. You’re afraid of change. I don’t know the future. I didn’t come here to tell you how this is going to end. I came here to tell you how it’s going to begin. I’m going to hang up this phone, and then I’m going to show these people what you don’t want them to see. I’m going to show them a world without you. A world without rules and controls, without borders or boundaries. A world where anything is possible. Where we go from there is a choice I leave to you.”

By Rob Fahrni

Husband / Father / Developer