The book doesn't really deviate from the ideas of Jacque Fresco but, for many, it is hard to get started with Fresco's ideas. After all, he has had about 80 years to refine them.
I had years of what one would call activism time.
Let's start with an article about GMO Food Labeling. The idea appears popular (as it should) but the government (in this case, the Washington State Legislature doesn't seem excited about it. Now, this is not a bill to ban GMO products (which many think is a good idea).
I did a bit of looking around in the world press about SOPA. It certainly made the news.
If you have seen the currently existing three Zeitgeist movies then you know most of the story. I say most because there is some interesting information in the beginning that seems to connect ancient cultures which surprised me.
I always appreciated the work of Bill Moyers. Why? Not because I always agreed with his position but because he always made me think. As proof of concept the following quote appears in the 30-second blurb. "The opposite of poverty is not wealth. The opposite of poverty is justice."
While I don't know who said it, it did make me think.
It is very optimistic and, at least for geeks, sounds pretty good. But, there is another side to it.
I confess that the article has me thinking. There are lots of Ron Paul positions I disagree with. Serious ones. But, on the other hand, they are his positions now, in the past and in the future.
That said, how can we discriminate between peer-to-peer sharing that is legal vs. illegal? It just seems all too complicated. Even the rules within one country are complicated so what about on a global level?
My understanding is that in the US, using your VCR to time-shift a TV program is legal.