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Roads to Power
    From 1790 to 1830, the first government-sponsored information revolution hit Europe, an interkingdom highway system of thousands of miles of roads that connected London with her capital cities. How deep a role should government play in regulating traffic, many wondered? The first round of answers bear a striking resemblance to conversations today about the nature of the internet. Advocates of centralized regulation advocated limits to tolls -- a geographical version of net neutrality. Critics argued that eminent domain meant tearing down the houses of the poor. The new roads sped traffic to poor areas, promoting commerce and industrialization, for a time. Critics claimed that soon the earth's peoples would speak a single language. But soon mounting evidence showed that the road's users were speaking to each other less than they ever had before. What had gone wrong?

    Professor | Harvard Society of Fellows | Jo Guldi is a professor...

    Type Interactive, Book Reading
    Hashtag #sxsw #roads2powr
    Theme Convergence
    Level Intermediate
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_IAP11266

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