We Are All Authors of Each Other

Doc Searls on how the internet changes people

Doc Searls Ostrom Memorial Lecture Saving the Internet - and all the commons it makes possible.

Consider the word information. It’s a noun derived from the verb to inform, which in turn is derived from the verb to form. When you tell me something I don’t know, you don’t just deliver a sum of information to me. You form me. As a walking sum of all I know, I am changed by that. This means we are all authors of each other. In that sense, the word authority belongs to the right we give others to author us: to form us. Now look at how much more of that can happen on our planet, thanks to the Internet, with its absence of distance and gravity.

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