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The big difference with the internet of the ’90s: it served the many, not the few

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  1. Yes, Jack, that sounds very Utopian – but what’s in it for the people with MONEY who want power and influence? Not a damned thing – they’re already getting exactly what they want.

    You have to tackle the demand side before the supply side will follow. I’m just not seeing that side of the equation changing any more than with the “War on Drugs.” And if there’s absolutely no incentive to change course, supply will just redouble their efforts to keep doing what’s proven to work.

    Now – what we need are the same propagandists that took on Big Tobacco in the U.S. They’ve actually made a noticeable difference in consumer attitudes and behavior, and you wouldn’t have thought it possible – going up against the tobacco industry, would you?

  2. Jack Yan says:

    Excellent point, Holly: if we can make the demand for independent voices strong by using the techniques of the anti-tobacco crowd, we could be on to something.

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