I certainly have a tendency towards generational politics, which is undoubtedly exclusionary and—to some extent—quite arrogant. But there has been so much change and there’s a difference between growing up in that change, as I have, and those who have to adapt to that change and would really prefer things go back to the way they were. I love finding something that gives me words for everything that I’m living, thinking and attempting to realize, because I keep smashing up against the disconnect between generations and I haven’t been able to adequately explain how and why I feel this way.
This is a beautifully written and translated from Polish, originally. If you’re wondering why I (and perhaps we) are so frustrated with the way things are then perhaps this will help to explain.
To us, the Web is a sort of shared external memory. We do not have to remember unnecessary details: dates, sums, formulas, clauses, street names, detailed definitions. It is enough for us to have an abstract, the essence that is needed to process the information and relate it to others. Should we need the details, we can look them up within seconds. Similarly, we do not have to be experts in everything, because we know where to find people who specialise in what we ourselves do not know, and whom we can trust. People who will share their expertise with us not for profit, but because of our shared belief that information exists in motion, that it wants to be free, that we all benefit from the exchange of information. Every day: studying, working, solving everyday issues, pursuing interests. We know how to compete and we like to do it, but our competition, our desire to be different, is built on knowledge, on the ability to interpret and process information, and not on monopolising it.