Just like the author of this piece, I too attended a recent talk by Cory Doctorow — a brilliant talk relating the life and death of Aaron Swartz with the theme of his latest novel Homeland — and similarly I often marvel at how lucky we are that the web is free and open.

Enjoy this wonderful little satire and shudder at the possibilities.

The World Wide Web is Moving to AOL!

The World Wide Web has been great, but to be honest, it’s also been a lot harder than it needs to be. I know some of you love creating new web pages and participating in online discussions, but the last thing most people want when they get home is one more thing that makes them work. That’s why television is so much more popular.

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Our team will be working with first-class partners to bring you the content you deserve, from the best magazines in the checkout isle to in-depth reporting from your favorite network news programs. We want your new World Wide Web to be a place you can trust.

As Dave Winer says (quoted in the postscript), “Ask not what the Internet can do for you, ask what you can do for the Internet.”

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