John Perry Barlow – A rhyme in Cyberspace

Howdy readers! While going through dgplug summer training, I am getting to know about people who have not only enhanced and simplified the availability of information over the internet, but also about people who have brought the goodness in cyberspace, revealed the secrets behind the internet and what not. As a result of their work, we are now experiencing our internet as it is.

“The Internet is the most liberating tool for humanity ever invented, and also the best for surveillance. It’s not one or the other. It’s both.”

— J. P. Barlow

John Perry Barlow is not only a name but I see him as an exemplary individual who devoted his life to dreams. Dreams which were not shaped by selfish deeds like that most of common people’s, but his dreams, lies for the benefit of humanity around the world. Dream of a better cyberspace. Dream of freedom to get information.

“Hope does not always require probability.”

— J. P. Barlow

I first got to know about John Perry Barlow from this PyCon Talk. That, I really enjoyed! From the talk, I also got to know about organizations such as EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) and Freedom of the Press Foundation.

As I watched the talk, I got to know about John Perry Barlow as an Internet philosopher, as a great speaker who has a sense of humor in his tone and as humble as the stature of his thoughts. I got to know about his dreams for cyberspace and people around the world who are part of this.

“I … believe that angels, or something like them, sometimes live among us, hidden within our fellow human beings.”

— J. P. Barlow

After watching the video I couldn’t stop myself to search for him over the internet. Soon, I  found out that he is not only an Internet activist but also a great writer.

Without any doubt, the passion he had for liberty very well reflects in his writing, that was how my first exposure to John’s writing happened from his A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace.

I would say, that piece of writing is daring … and amazing! I mean, see below is a quote from the same.

“We will create a civilization of the Mind in Cyberspace. May it be more humane and fair than the world your governments have made before”

— J. P. Barlow

I can’t explain in words how true, confident and motivational the words in this declaration sounded to me.

When I was searching about him over the internet before I could come across anything further. I come to know that unfortunately, he has left us in this February and next, I watched his symposium.

In this, people who knew John very closely came forward and gave some words about him and also answered some questions from the audience. At times the moment in the symposium was joyous, and at times it was nostalgic.

“If you’re not lost, you’re not much of an explorer.”

— J. P. Barlow

For me John Perry Barlow is inspirational. And I believe not only for me, but also for people across the globe. Currently, I’m going through more of his writings available here. And at times I wonder about how much some people are struggling passionately, selflessly, and with dreams in their eyes to make a safe and better cyberspace.

Thanks for reading!

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