John Perry Barlow

John Perry Barlow

John Perry Barlow on information

Sharks are said to die of suffocation if they stop swimming, the same is nearly true of information. Information that isn’t moving ceases to exist as anything but potential—at least until it is allowed to move again. For this reason, the practice of information hoarding, common in bureaucracies, is an especially wrong-headed artifact of physically based value systems.
John Perry Barlow in his essay “The Economy of Ideas” published in Wired, Volume 2, Issue 3, (San Francisco, California: Wired USA, March 1994). Also available in High Noon on the Electronic Frontier: Conceptual issues in cyberspace, edited by Peter Ludlow, (Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press, 1996), p. 19.

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"Sharks are said to die of suffocation if they stop swimming"