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PERHAPS the sentiments contained in the following pages are not yet sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favor a long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom But tumult soon subsides Time makes more converts than reason -- Thomas Paine Common Sense AN ABUSE or misuse of power generally calls into question the right of anyone to hold power The allegation alone provides just cause for an open inquiry if we find the allegations are valid we can reject private efforts to usurp rights naturally vested in the public domain We can take power away from the power abusersThe good people of our world are grievously injured by an absence of genuine democracy governing any new mode of cultural communication influencing our communities Regarding the Internet we have a natural right to inquire into the governance of the interactive mass medium massaging our mentalities Now an investigation is demanded by controversy over proposals for managing Internet expansion Will autocracy or democracy rule How does this effect us allMany circumstances have and will arise that appear local and yet are universal Interactive media networks already are producing a measurable impact upon our world sending out ripples like a stone tossed into a pond or sending out cultural tidal waves like a boulder dropped into a bathtub The Internet affects us all Calling the question of Internet governance now concerns everyone to whom nature or natures God has given the power of feeling alive and the common global sense to see the depths our interactivity here on network earth The cause of a democratic Internet is the cause of humankind In discussing this matter for democracys sake may we wisely avoid anything personal among ourselves for compliments and censure provide diversions We might play personality politics pretend being right matters more than being real but were all in
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