Legends of the Ancient Web


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If you didn't know radio existed, the whole thing would sound like a bunch of pseudoscientific hokum.

So-called "radio waves" are invisible, transmit energy, easily penetrate matter, including stone walls and human bodies, and can be heard hundreds or even thousands of kilometers away if you prepare the right occult configuration of metal wires.

Right.
yesterday by everbigger
“It is hard to accept that good people, working on technology that benefits so many, with nothing but good intentions, could end up building a powerful tool for the wicked.

But we can't afford to re-learn this lesson every time.”
history  internet  politics  technology  radio 
2 days ago by leereamsnyder
Legends of the Ancient Web http://ift.tt/2mdgCpb
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3 days ago by ldodds
Possibly my favorite technical work is a book that predates information technology by 2300 years, the Book of Ecclesiastes. If you're not familiar with it, Ecclesiastes is a rant by an angry, elderly atheist that through some editorial oversight found its way into the Bible.
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3 days ago by neilscott
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3 days ago by chaoxian
Analoge Entwicklung des Webs zur Entwicklung des Radios

In less than four decades, radio had completed the journey from fledgeling technology, to nerdy hobby, to big business, to potent political weapon.

It is hard to accept that good people, working on technology that benefits so many, with nothing but good intentions, could end up building a powerful tool for the wicked.

But we can't afford to re-learn this lesson every time.
history  technology  radio  internet  politics  via:popular 
4 days ago by rauschen
Text of a talk I gave in Warsaw last May, called “Legends of the Ancient Web”, about the political history of radio:
5 days ago by pcook
Idle Words > Talks > Legends of the Ancient Web This is the text version of a talk I gave on May 24, 2017, at the Front Trends conference in Warsaw. Possibly my…
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5 days ago by tmcw
“In less than four decades, radio had completed the journey from fledgling technology, to nerdy hobby, to big business, to potent political weapon.This trajectory must have come as a shock to its pioneers." https://t.co/wgAiILQd6s Interesting history. http://pic.twitter.com/FORwyeGlPt

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6 days ago by willrichardson
Recent talk by [Maciej Cegłowski](http://idlewords.com/about.htm) talking about the history of radio and how that was used as a tool of mass influence. Adds some perspective to todays debates about the web and social media.
6 days ago by thingles
Radio considered as the internet is now.
history  internet  politics  technology  radio 
6 days ago by traggett
This is the text version of a talk given by Maciej Cegłowski at the Front Trends conference in Warsaw.
6 days ago by shiflett
Maciej Ceglowski, app developer of Pinboard. Talk in Warsaw about the evolution of electronic communication, abuse, EFF electronic frontier.
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6 days ago by prbannes
Text of a talk I gave in Warsaw last May, called “Legends of the Ancient Web”, about the political history of radio:
6 days ago by probablytom
Maciej of course.
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7 days ago by jgordon
Legend of the ancient web (without colophon):
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7 days ago by topgold
This is the power that radio has to persuade through emotion, repetition, familiarity, and tone, rather than facts or argument.
Hitler's dictatorship differed in one fundamental point from all its predecessors in history.

His was the first dictatorship that made the complete use of all technical means for domination of its own country. Through technical devices like the radio and loudspeaker, 80 million people were deprived of independent thought.

In less than four decades, radio had completed the journey from fledgeling technology, to nerdy hobby, to big business, to potent political weapon.

This trajectory must have come as a shock to its pioneers.

At its birth, it seemed like radio would only be a force for good. How could something that connects people together be anything but beneficial?

Radio brought music into hospitals and nursing homes, it eased the profound isolation of rural life, it let people hear directly from their elected representatives. It brought laugher and entertainment into every parlor, saved lives at sea, gave people weather forecasts for the first time.

But radio waves are just oscillating electromagnetic fields. They really don't care how we use them. All they want is to go places at the speed of light.

It is hard to accept that good people, working on technology that benefits so many, with nothing but good intentions, could end up building a powerful tool for the wicked.

But we can't afford to re-learn this lesson every time.
internet  web  radio  history  media  journalism  reference  mustread  1914  1919  psychology  hitler  1940 
7 days ago by WimLeers
Legends of the Ancient Web via
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7 days ago by rukku
I want to talk about the political history of radio.
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8 days ago by yevgenyd
"The author of Ecclesiastes had this to say about technological progress:

"There is no remembrance of the former generations; neither shall there be any remembrance of the latter generations that are to come, among those that shall come after."

Today I want to talk about one of those forgotten generations, secure in the knowledge that no matter how bad my talk, it won't be remembered.

I want to talk about the political history of radio. "
radio  history  technology  internet  future  politics  control  people 
8 days ago by ssam
Read this if you work in making internet stuff:
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8 days ago by matthewbeta
Legends of the Ancient Web
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8 days ago by trieloff
Legends of the Ancient Web
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8 days ago by jackysee
The important thing is to recognize that there is a fight, and a need for individual acts of creative resilience.
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8 days ago by poppisima
一个关于无线电的考古,十分有趣
8 days ago by scateu
Idle Words > Talks > Legends of the Ancient Web This is the text version of a talk I gave on May 24, 2017, at the Front Trends conference in Warsaw. Possibly my…
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8 days ago by flobosg
Today I want to talk about one of those forgotten generations, secure in the knowledge that no matter how bad my talk, it won't be remembered.
I want to talk about the political history of radio.
maciej-ceglowski  history-technology  radio  web  talks  freedom  inspiration 
8 days ago by lorenzck
Text of a talk I gave in Warsaw last May, called “Legends of the Ancient Web”, about the political history of radio: https://t.co/c5NpzaC7SE
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8 days ago by tonyandrewmeyer
Like the Internet, radio technology was on the horizon for a long time before it arrived, and it arrived in a rudimentary form that didn't strike anyone as a qualitatively new technology, let alone one that could upend politics.

The world that radio arrived in already had ways to communicate in real time over long distances—telegraphs and telephones. It wasn't clear at the outset that Hertzian waves could be detected at distances much greater than a few hundred meters, let alone that they might become a practical method to transmit the human voice.

At best, they might prove a useful method for detecting lightning at a distance, or communicating with ships at sea.

The world that radio was born into had a group of telegraphy enthusiasts who ran their own little networks, the Usenet of their day. And there was also an assortment of thriving small-scale telephone networks, including rural ones where the telephone wires were run over barbed wire fencing, connecting thirty or forty farms on a circuit.
history  internet  radio  technology  politics 
8 days ago by dcrall
Idle Words > Talks > Legends of the Ancient Web This is the text version of a talk I gave on May 24, 2017, at the Front Trends conference in Warsaw. Possibly my…
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8 days ago by edmadrid
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"Legends of the Ancient Web"

Another sobering talk from Maciej Ceglows…
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8 days ago by kevinmarks
"This is the power that radio has to persuade through emotion, repetition…
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9 days ago by grantpotter
Radio as social media? Via HN
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9 days ago by keithpeter
Idle Words > Talks > Legends of the Ancient Web This is the text version of a talk I gave on May 24, 2017, at the Front Trends conference in Warsaw. Possibly my…
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9 days ago by than
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9 days ago by alexrudy
“Legends of the ancient web”
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9 days ago by reinhard_codes
Our life now is full of these birds on the wing. Radios don't just talk to us anymore, they listen, and they know how to whisper algorithmically-targeted messages to us in ways we’ll find persuasive.

It is a scary world we're building. And building it this way is a choice, not a necessity. We can't un-invent the Internet, but we can decide that the right way to fund it is not by building a Panopticon.
radio  history  trends  politics  poland 
9 days ago by Chirael
Ecclesiastes, radio propaganda and anti-communist balloons
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9 days ago by perspectivelute
“It's no accident that whenever there's a coup, the first thing the rebels seize is the radio station”
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9 days ago by souldoubt
RT @Pinboard: Text of a talk I gave in Warsaw last May, called “Legends of the Ancient Web”, about the political history of radio: https://…
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9 days ago by mshook