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Re: Documentation Standards was Re: [ox-en] UserLinux

On Monday 08 December 2003 06:13, Niall Douglas wrote:
If some top violinist says that all music must be free, would a
sizeable minority of all musicians totally buy into that mantra?

aah I see this is it

yes to say information wants to be free is such a hollow statement. It seesmt 
hatt hose who accept it at face value see information as some rareified thing 
that is somehow made immune from power/politics/law/desire beacuse we say it 
is or wish it to be. The whole mantra as you have called it needs to be 
critically analysed. As do the equally facile staments about non rivalrous, 
gift economy etc. In my own little way I have been trying to prompt such a 
debate but people just want to reply with the mantra and its coordinates. 

"Mind you, I am not asking you to bear witness to what you believe false, 
which would be a sin, but to testify falsely to what you believe true - which 
is a virtuous act because it compensates for lack of proof of something 
that certainly exists or happened." Bishop Otto to Baudolino in Umberto Eco's 


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