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Talk about freedom, but don't mention it

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I was quite dissapointed when I saw some people's reactions to my last article where I tried to point to the reason why there should be no rivalry and wars between various GNU/Linux distributions, in that case between Debian and GNU/Linux.. Plain and simple, it is freedom and it can hardly be better described by any other word however corny you find it. If I would be asked about it again I would say the same thing.

This freedom is the reason why am I using a free operating system, GNU/Linux, to write this, run this site, do all that I need or like to do with my computer without any restraints, but my own imagination. There is choice, alot of choice, and how else, why else would this choice exist if it wasn't for freedom that made it possible.

I am puzzled by the aversion *alot* of people have at the mere mentioning of the word *freedom*, people who would at the same time claim that they're all for it and sure they are, as they are enjoying all the fruits of pursuing this freedom themselves. Why oh why is it so hard to talk about it with them then? Why are they avoiding like a plague? Is it just because it's not stylish anymore? It's not trendy? It's not something that one would mention in a TV commercial?

Was this society really reduced to that state in which we are not even capable to think about the "higher values" or at least talk about the, because public somehow doesn't like the way it sounds.. Is it the anti-communism paranoia???

You know, this site is all about that freedom, that ugly, unpopular thing. No wonder so little people are afraid to speak.

God damn it wake up people!

But no, I'm not quitting! I'm gonna repaint the meaning of that word! Libervis Network will be all about it, one way or another! And it'll spread, slowly but surely until you can't escape it anymore! Images will be created, animations will be brought to life, music will pump it up! Your senses will feel how good it is to be free! :yes:

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Daniel

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Re: Talk about freedom, but don't mention it

Oh no! I'm about to be caught by the monster of freedom! I can't run fast enough! It will devour me, and give me rights! Mammon have mercy on my soul! Eh, I mean the soul I will be forced but do not wish to own!

But seriously, "freedom" is a word that has been abused a lot. What people don't seem to get is that we are using it only in its literal meaning. Maybe that's because they're so brainwashed they think the few companies we dislike are honest capitalists. We don't have a problem with capitalism, but we do dislike dishonesty, unfairness, lawlessness, too strong greed, abuse of power, and so on.

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Re: Talk about freedom, but don't mention it

You are spot on with the title of this discussion board thread. Nobody should have the right to forbid you speaking up whatever and however you think.

The reason why people however make fun of your opinion or your site (even if it's mostly unjustified), is a plain simple buzzword overdose.

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But seriously, "freedom" is a word that has been abused a lot. What people don't seem to get is that we are using it only in its literal meaning. Maybe that's because they're so brainwashed they think the few companies we dislike are honest capitalists. We don't have a problem with capitalism, but we do dislike dishonesty, unfairness, lawlessness, too strong greed, abuse of power, and so on.

In other words, due to the abuse of the word that has been happening over the years (and so even within the modern business world actually) they have real trouble understanding what do we mean when we use that word. But I think that some are still pushing it too far. At least the Free Software Movement constantly tries to explain what kind of freedom we are refering to, what does it mean and what doesn't it mean (such as that we are against business and capitalism as a whole), but many still wont listen. It is the mere usage of the word that got them out of the whole issue in the first place and made them kind of blind and deaf for whatever we have to say. Folks, I don't see that kind of behaviour as nothing else than a real closed mindedness.

So, what are we supposed to do? Should we just stop using the word? Should we maybe start using an alternative word with the same meaning such is "liberty"? Something tells me "liberty" wont be much of a solution either?

Or should we call it just "open source" that way, in my opinion, only spreading the confusion because you can't explain someone that FOSS is what it is because of *freedom* and not somehow directly refer to that freedom.

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The reason why people however make fun of your opinion or your site (even if it's mostly unjustified), is a plain simple buzzword overdose.

I'd say that "linux" is a buzzword and "freedom" is something on the opposite extreme. As I see it, buzzwords are terms that are popular and that people want to use and refer to simply because they are popular, they "buzz". The word "freedom" on the other hand is popular in a whole different sense. Everybody knows the word, few know what it means and most seem to try to avoid it because of not being somehow seen as "communist" or anything that is mostly despised in a given group or society.

Find me a synonym for "freedom", one that will be completely understood and that would have the same meaning, and I'll start using it right away. But I wouldn't bet on it.

Btw; Welcome to Libervis.com nadanada. Thank you for joining. :-)

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Actually, the word "liberty" might actually prove to be a better term, especially considering that the Free/Libre Software has caught on pretty well among some, and Libre Culture even more.

The very Free Culture Manifesto published this year in a Free Software Magazine is actually being called "Libre Culture Manifesto

It just might be that the term "liberty" and especially a non-englished (but increasingly anglicanized) "libre" could be the best choice of terms for promoting Free Culture.

We should probably try. I'm thinking of changing the slogan to something that uses the term "libre culture", for the next major "revamp" (this time more in promo strategy and appereance then else).

I feel optimistic.

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