One of the strangest stories of the past 50 years – a story that has yet to reach its conclusion – is how two seemingly implacable enemies, the hippie movement and what used to be called the military-industrial complex, found common ground in the personal computer and the internet. For anyone interested in this story, and the many side-stories that spring from it, I’d recommend watching Lutz Dammbeck’s documentary The Net: The Unabomber, LSD and the Internet. A reader of this blog sent me a DVD of the film, and I just finished watching it. It’s fascinating, enlightening – and creepy. It gave new emphasis to a question that’s been troubling me recently: What does it mean to seek liberation through a technology of control?