From ChangeThis: All of this was diffi­cult, amazing, perplexing, aston­ishing — but so was the laying of the rail­roads and the sending of tele­graph signals across the ocean. And histo­rians of tech­nology like to point out that great fanfare and promises have greeted all sorts of new devices, from the radio to the fax machine. But even before former Grateful Dead lyri­cist John Perry Barlow penned his ‘Decla­ra­tion of the Inde­pen­dence of Cyber­space’ (‘Govern­ments of the indus­trial world,’ it began, ‘you weary giants of flesh and steel’), the internet was no mere fax machine. From the first, and in no small part because of its fervent supporters, it has felt less like a tech­nology and more like a social movement—like commu­nism, like femi­nism, like rock and roll. An ideology we could call webism. While the rest of us look up movie times, buy sweaters, and post jihadi videos, the webists proclaim the new age. · Go to The internet as social move­ment →