Chapter 4. Myopic Oversight: Blinded by Speed, Baffled by Churn

In Chapter 1, “The Foundation of Civilization,” I stated that networks are simply a manifestation of software, but the power of software is greater than this. Software not only manifests networks; software is the ruler and sole adjudicator of cyberspace.

It is software that allows users to enjoy the Internet, and it is software that imposes a set of default rules on users whether they are aware of these rules or not. Email arrives at your desktop because software says it can. Messages are exchanged through Instant Messaging clients because software allows it. Music files can be played, shared, and copied because software makes such actions possible. The anti-locking brakes on your ...

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