In the world of the Internet, it is not so strange that one link led to another. A friend told me about the Internet Archive today. I was drawn into it and as usual clicked the About and Project links. As I delved further, I found myself hungry for more and impressed with the content. And then, I clicked and arrived at the Internet Archive Blog page. The post announced the suicide of one of its key people. I watched the video about Aaron Swartz, who I did not know, but I know his work. If you blog, you do, too.
I signed the SOPA petition, I have a Creative Commons stamp/link on my site. I read more about him through his friend’s eulogies, Cory Doctorow, RIP, Aaron Swartz and Larry Lessig, Prosecutor as Bully. I am moved greatly by this young man’s intelligence as well as all the tributes to him. Cory has extra information about some of the events and driving forces behind why this young man may have made this sad decision to end his life. The stories and obituaries are all over the Internet. You only have to start entering his name and it will be the top of the list. If only he had more hope and belief in those who knew him, and people like me. But someone with his level of dispair, piled on top of feelings of pure helplessness, cannot be easily understood at these times, if ever. I hope that those closest to him are able to find solace in the fact that he did great good during his short time here.
I felt a need to include him in my Journey of Mixed Emotions archive as a tribute to him now and in the future.
- Aaron Swartz dies at 26; Internet folk hero founded Reddit (latimes.com)
- Former Reddit Co-Owner and Internet Activist Aaron Swartz Commits Suicide (gizmodo.com)
- Farewell to Aaron Swartz, an Extraordinary Hacker and Activist (Guest Voice) (themoderatevoice.com)