billofwrites commented on the blog post Reactions to the Death of Internet Activist Aaron Swartz
first, and most important, my genuine condolences to his family and friends. i hope aaron’s life — more than his death — stirs a lively and much-needed conversation about “information wants to be free.”
if you substitute “food” or “work” for “information,” it’s clear how debatable this proposition is.
but that discussion can’t begin with well-meaning but wrong-headed reactions like mary mccurnin’s: “We all owe it to Aaron to see that these people don’t get away with murdering him.”
murder? no. it was suicide. it was a choice NOT to fight. it was a sad and tragic choice, but — sadly and tragically — it was a choice.