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Esther Dyson on Media Bias

Excerpts from the essay at:

>                       Toward A More Mature Internet
>                       By Esther Dyson
<big snip>
> After the facts, what you need to cover is the meaning of all this.
> Specifically, how will the Net affect - how is it affecting - society
> and commerce?
> So far, the Net is limited to a small number of aficionados who mostly
> overrate its immediate impact (although not its long-term importance).
> Yeltsin has been using television very effectively in his campaign; the
> Net was nowhere in the recent elections. (In the United States, at
> least, political operatives are using the Net effectively for
> organizing; in the East, the Net is for academics and business people;
> the political establishment has not yet caught on.)
> Fundamentally, the Net is a better tool for grassroots organizing or
> conspiracy than it is for far-reaching propaganda. It is a medium
> wherein people can find each other and then communicate. They must
> either be seeking out a point of view or want to engage in argument
> with people of similar interests. A problem, of course, is that people
> tend to focus too much on information and too little on knowledge and
> the interpretation of information.
> The Net's long-run impact on democracy, I believe, won't be one of
> propaganda or information dissemination; CNN and the various national
> broadcasters (private and public) do a fine job of that. 

Even Esther Dyson recognizes media bias!


Jay Fenello
President, Iperdome, Inc.    404-943-0524
What's your .per(sm)?   http://www.iperdome.com 

"All truth passes through three stages.  First, it is 
ridiculed, second it is violently opposed, and third, 
it is accepted as self-evident." (Arthur Schopenhauer)

P.S.  Despite receiving many email from many editors 
explaining why their coverage is *not* biased, the 
media blackout on ICANN continues.