Tom Paine’s ideas, the example he set of free expression, the sacrifices he made to preserve the integrity of his work, are being resuscitated by means that hadn’t existed or been imagined in his day—via the blinking cursors, clacking keyboards, hissing modems, bits and bytes of another revolution, the digital one. If Paine’s vision was aborted by the new technologies of the last century, newer technology has brought his vision full circle. If his values no longer have much relevance for conventional journalism, they fit the Net like a glove.
JON KATZ, “THE AGE OF PAINE,” 1995
Web 2.0 is a formula to kill the middle class and undo centuries of social progress.
JARON LANIER, ...