the same time, we are all aware of the dystopian qualities of
the 24/7 infotainment juggernaut that is being delivered across
the globe through an ever more sophisticated telecommunications
network. We read daily about the new media's encroachment on
privacy, its opportunity for abuse, and the specter of centralized
control that it might make possible. These dangers are real.
There is a tension between opposing at the heart of the Internet
-- between those who prize its potential for an open, freewheeling
exchange of art and ideas, and those who see its pervasiveness
as an opportunity to expand upon the marketing-driven broadcast
model of 20th century media -- and it is not at all clear whether
utopian or dystopian visions will ultimately prevail.