"The Internet's Own Boy - Aaron Swartz"

By abecedarian
Sep 5, 2016
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  1. You likely know about Aaron Swartz, the cyber-genius who committed suicide a few years ago while he was being unjustly hounded by the law. A while back, I went to a talk by Justin Peters, the author of the book The Idealist: Aaron Swartz and the Rise of Free Culture on the Internet, which was very interesting indeed.

    The frustrating part was that in the Q&A part, it became evident that much of the audience was a lot dumber than I was, and were bringing things to a standstill with things like demanding a detailed explanation of what Reddit is. But it was very interesting overall.

    But now I finally got around to seeing the 2014 film The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz. It's a terrific documentary - but so sad. And I regret my own obliviousness at the time. He was living right here in New York City and even though I was aware of the movement against SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act), I wasn't really aware of him, himself. It's so tragic to have that wonderful life harassed to death.

    I very much recommend the doc:

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