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April 19, 2005
Henry Farrell @ Crooked Timber, on how tools that enable participatory culture enable everyone to participate -- including those who seek to block from their homes social truths they do not like and would otherwise find it more difficult to avoid: "I buy the argument that some of the key goals of the left can best be achieved through maximizing individuals' control over the conditions of their consumption (and, by extension, maximizing their ability to remix and re-produce cultural goods). But what's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. Empowering people to make cultural choices we might 'like' is also going to empower them to make choices that we might dislike too -- [for example] to separate themselves from what many of us would consider to be a minimal shared social consensus on homosexuality."
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