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My WorldCon reading, tomorrow at 5PM

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pete_wPerson was signed in when posted
08-30-2003
01:32 AM ET (US)
I've been reading about Gandhi a bit lately and have been wondering about his tactics and how they might inform political organization and tactics as the net develops. There are some neat parallels between IP/open source issues and campaigns like the salt march and the drive to use home spun cloth, for example.

This excerpt got me wondering about Gandhi's apparent positions on privacy... it seems that his approach was to embrace total transparency, from what tactics he would use politically to the realities of his personal life. In a couple recent interviews, Bruce Sterling has predicted that Trent Lott-style coups and other political back-biting would become more common as more personal information moves online and becomes easier to parse. His take was that these developments are inevitable (I'm inclined to agree), so I'm wondering what the best way to adapt to that reality might be... might total personal tranparency be the only way? "I don't care that you know I have a Batman fetish, I already blog about it."

It would certainly do a lot of weird shit to the culture, but are we trending in that direction already?
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Cory DoctorowPerson was signed in when posted
08-29-2003
01:11 AM ET (US)
It's called "Human Readable."
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craniacPerson was signed in when posted
08-28-2003
10:04 PM ET (US)
A highly-caffeinated doppleganger with root access to its brain. The hypnosis thing is a pretty weak cover story if you ask me.
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Stefan JonesPerson was signed in when posted
08-28-2003
06:34 PM ET (US)
If someone sneaks into Cory's hotel room during the reading, you may be able to catch one of his doppelgangers cranking out pages.
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DarkORBPerson was signed in when posted
08-28-2003
04:06 PM ET (US)
hmmm...i had to read that over a few times too. quite a strange image...
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Michael BernsteinPerson was signed in when posted
08-28-2003
11:51 AM ET (US)
Cory, does this story have a title (even provisionally)?
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John BombergerPerson was signed in when posted
08-28-2003
10:49 AM ET (US)
To be honest, I had to read that mustache thing twice. Also, I kept losing track of which "him" or "her" was which.

It all probably makes more sense when it's not just an excerpt.
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craniacPerson was signed in when posted
08-28-2003
08:51 AM ET (US)
"The lawyer cocked an eyebrow at him and stroked her moustache"

Ru Paul?

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