The Eyes of the Earth

Centuries ago people started to make telescopes to better look at the stars. Until quite recently it was assumed that a bigger telescope with larger lenses would 'catch more photons' from a distant star and would have a better resolution. Radio-wavelenght astronomers found out that this is not the case. By linking a number of small radiodishes, each looking at a star, and processing the combination of signals, they get an much better image than from one large telescope. The resolution of the whole Network of small telescopes does depend on the distance between the two little telescopes which are the most far apart! As a result astronomers now 'network' their telescopes for combined observation from far apart locations on earth or even by linking with one telescope on a satellite.

This 'telescope metaphor' also applies to us. We see depth by combining the different points of view of two eyes. Cover one eye to see what is lost by censorship. Our view is improved if we network with others who are far away from us, and who can look at the same scene from a different angle or perspective. Each participant gains in this process. All images which are made (processed and presented in different heads) gain resolution.

This is the central idea of the new 'Networked Democracy': we all gain by communication and discussion from the most different views, even the most far-fetched, dirty or un-wellcome one. The big-telescope owners of this world may be unhappy with this, because they had a monopoly on centrally broadcasting wonderful and political correct images.
Censorschip is a foolish and backward activity, as can be read in the 'Index on Censorship' journal, and we all loose by its harmful effects.

Now we can all see things much clearer: networked together. Individual & connected! This freedom is unstoppable.

Jaap van Till

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