"The net poses a fundamental threat not only to the authority of the government, but to all authority, because it permits people to organize, think, and influence one another without any institutional supervision whatsoever."
by:
John Seabrook
American journalist, staff writer at The New Yorker since 1993
Source:
“My First Flame,” New Yorker, 6 June 1994
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I do believe he has found us out! With respect to interpreting my rating I'm at zero with respect to the apparent sentiments of the writer but at a 5 star appreciation level for you bringing it to our attention.
 -- John Galt, Roseburg     
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    so far so good
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    The last thing a "free" people need is institutional supervision.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    Nice sentiment, but also true without "the net", and thus seems off the mark for what appears to be the central theme of the quote.
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA, US     
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    Yes, when they take that away from us run for the hills.
     -- RBESRQ     
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    The govenment would dearly love to control the net as it make it so much easier to spread the word about their mischief. Newspapers used to do this but they are now sold out to the socialists in Washington. Thank godness for the net.
     -- jim k, Austin     
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    Great quote. Need to have more of the "Obama" types talk. They can not help but put thier foot in it.
     -- warren, olathe     
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    Newspaper sold out to Obama, that has to be a joke - the one thing they (the media giants) care about is their corporate buddies - Obama is way down on the list in actual fact he is supporting, through their funding, their very courses.
     -- RBESRQ     
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    Let's make sure it continues.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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