"I don't think you can be a proper citizen in our society in the future if you're not online," says self-confessed web-zealot Martha Lane Fox. She was appearing on a surprisingly good BBC Radio 4 investigation into internet refuseniks. But why stop there, Martha? Why not remove the vote from anyone who's gone more than four …
First it's labour with their Orwellian databases and CCTV everywhere
Now according to MLF, to be a good citizen you need broadband, what's next? the right to be a full citizen (entitled to vote) is earned through voluntary federal service. Remember that in Heinlein's Starship Troopers, the Terran Federation is a limited democracy.
These are not the people you want to vote for (waves hand to make Jedi power work)
Makes you wonder where they are getting their ideas from, but then, wasn't Jerry Pournelle one of the architects of Reagan's SDI/Star Wars plan.
Be afraid, be very afraid...
Perhaps the anti-recycling people would like to volunteer their gardens as landfill sites.
Think about it
A lot of the commenters mention older relatives who don't want or wish for Internet access. MLF's quote was discussing THE FUTURE, when these people will sadly, but likely, be deceased.
Consider the number of young people who AREN'T online in some form, and then reconsider the comment.
actually old chap
"There was a time, children, when milk came in bottles. When you had drunk the milk, rather than smashing the bottle at a bottle bank and it then being chucked into a hole in the ground because there's no market for broken glass, the bottle was returned to the dairy, who washed it and used it to put milk in. That was recycling."
At the risk of being pedantic, that wasn't recycling, it was re-using. I agree it would be nice to return to that state. Reduce, re-use, recycle, in order of preference.
Welcome to the Hotel Internet
You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.
We will find you, we will monitor you, we will lose your data, there will be no escape.
Solyent Green anyone
Paris- Cos even she knows that internet exposure is for life not just for Winterval
@Start button NOT needed
What about the power button?
Modern systems shut down nicely with one push in the digital nads. Nice thought, isn't it?
Biggest threat is not ML-F at all
We should be more worried about the problems in getting face-to-face contact with Our Glorious Leader and his jack-booted minions than whether we are taking what some ZaNu Labour mouthpiece said "in context".
I need some information from the Department for Work and Pensions but I cannot seem to get the people on the telephone line to actually understand what I need - I want to sit down in front of someone and explain it until I am happy that what they give me is what I want, but unfortunately every time I ask where my local Benefits Office is, I get told to go down the Job Centre and use the phone in the corner and call them...
How the freaking hell can I goown the Job Centre and use the phone when the Job Centre is only available online (and probably outsourced to India or China, to boot?)
We need some way to remind these idiots that they are supposed to be our Representatives in the decision-making process and not our Dictatorial Overlords with a divine right to control our evey move.
Missing the point...
It is NOT about ensuring that everyone in Britian has access to the Internet - ITS THAT THOSE PEOPLE ARE NOT PAYING FOR INTERNET SERVICE!
How can they just sit there, happily ignoring the Government's and BT's "empty" purses when they have the cash in their "retirement accounts", just gagging to jump out and pay for yet another non-needed "service"? The selfishness of it all appalls me!
FOR SHAME, BLIGHTY! FOR SHAME!
Sounds to me like a few bitter, disagreeable people are envious of somebody who has the misfortune to be attractive, blonde, female and Oxbridge educated. And independently wealthy as a result of heading up an internet start-up. A silver-spooned, speech impaired nobody? Whenever I spoke with Martha, she's been quite comprehensible. And a bucket shop that has never made any money? Well, that's an accusation that's hard to evaluate, given that Travelocity bought lastminute.com for a value more than zero, isn't it?
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