After listening to the online recorded lecture, the idea that information wants to be ‘free’ is supported by the Utopian movement during the 80’s and early 90s. Richard Stallman seeming ‘saint’ of this movement states:
Many including Steward Brand and even Tim Berners-Lee have aligned opinions, stating, ‘I designed it (World wide Web) for social effect… and to improve our weblike existence in the world.’ With the resistance towards the oppression of users sharing and therefore gaining power it supports Paul Barans’s ‘Packet Switching Network’ as we can see below:
With those believing, that if we are forever sharing information, we are possessing a sense of control over the information network, it begs me to question whether there are any networks still existing that act as Star Shaped Topologies distributing information to us in todays society other than, for example ATM’s.
Home Networking– This is often the most commonly used today, with the Router or Modem acting as the central device and all devices in the house connected to it, being provided the network.
Thats only an example however, most of todays networks work off a distributed network, even though this network, isn’t always evenly distributed, it gives us a clear indication that the central hub has completely lost control and importance and we are now all mediators of this ‘space’ that was once uncomprehendable. To keep the power therefore, is a sacred act of continuous sharing. This can be seen on many different scales, such as Android, Reddit and even Firefox.
I say keep sharing people!