To add to the category “yesterday’s views of tomorrow” – this “vision” from 1969 is in some aspects coming scarily close to what we call the ‘internet’ now:
Contrast this (rather narrow) “shopping/house/kids/surveillance/car/bills&taxes” outlook on the essentials of life with this view on the “computer network called ‘internet'” from 1993
“The internet is
- Friends all over the world
- Part of our every-day life
- and much, much more …”
Was this optimistic or realistic? I think the internet has, over time, lived up to and even went beyound most of the expectations, only that Liberty and Anonymity (which, according to some, can’t be separated) are increasingly under threat now, and I am not (only) thinking of the standard-run-of-the-mill lunatic dictators, blood-thirsty tyrants and opressive regimes here.
Seems it’s due time to remind the league of our scare-mongering “western” politicians (again) that human rights and civil liberties are simply non-negotiable.
“Those who sacrifice freedom for safety deserve neither.” (Thomas Jefferson)