One of the greatest pieces of writing I have seen recently is by a Polish writer, Piotr Czerski, and translated by Marta Szreder. The piece is like a manifesto for the Internet age. It targets three key areas of thought:
- How the Internet is not something separate but something integral. How this fact makes attitudes of the “Web kids” different.
- How culture is viewed in an age when digital copying and distribution have become commonplace.
- How governments and traditional institutions force outmoded paradigms onto a citizenry who increasingly feels contempt for them — not because the Web kids are such rebels but because they are growing accustomed to working with institutions who are in line with the way the “kids” live and work.
By the way, as old as I am, I feel very much in line with the sentiments expressed in this article and thus consider myself a Web kid too.
Please read the piece called “My, dzieci sieci” or “We, the Web kids”.