The place I’d most love to be this week is South by South West. All my friends and colleagues seem to be there, and although a lot of the debate seems trite from the Twitter stream, the Julian Assange, Wikileaks story has caught my eye.
The following is the Twitter stream: it raises some of the heftiest issues of our time, notably the media freedom/public interest debate.
So if there’s anyone left in the UK, who feels they want to comment on the issue, I’m up for being educated, as to my uninformed ears, the whole institutional reaction to Wikileaks seems out of proportion and terrifying in it’s implications, in equal measure. I veer between seeing Assange as a latter day Robin Hood, brave journalist in the best investigative journalism tradition and seeing him as a careless anarchist with little care for those he might have hurt, although slightly less of the latter as I am lead to believe that information *was* filtered prior to leaking.
Either way, I would love to hear what others think. Or are we all too afraid to speak up? And I being foolish by even contemplating debate of the subject?