[governance] Cerfing the Web, or Serfing the Web? (Understanding Google's Internet Evangelism against Internet Access Rights)

Milton L Mueller mueller at syr.edu
Tue Jan 17 09:44:18 EST 2012

     It would be odd for an evangelist of the Christian religion, or any other religion, to argue that people had no right of access to the "Technology" of the Christian religion - the book known as the Bible.
Depends on what you mean by a right of access. Christians (well, Protestants) fought tenaciously for the right to print it themselves, read it themselves, and make their own interpretations.
But none of them asked the government to buy them a copy. And when they did, they immediately got into new wars over what would be the official state religion. The idea that states provide things with no strings attached is nonsense.
I think you are just being misled by the semantic distinction between government subsidies as a "right" and a right not to have others deny you or take away access.

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