The Internet's Own Boy, Aaron Swartz
I watched an amazing documentary last night on an American programmer, internet prodigy, and political activist, Aaron Swartz. It was one of the more riveting docs I've seen in a while. Aaron Swartz, although unknown to me, was on the same level as Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, etc. Although I felt, he may have been smarter than either of them. Swartz, however, wasn't solely motivated by money, ego, and commercial success as I tend to think of Jobs and Gates. I'm not saying that that is a bad thing, depending upon the circumstances, as I can appreciate and enjoy computers and how they've enhanced our lives, and so forth. Yet at the same time I've read some things about Jobs, and I'd assume Gates as well, that would put them under some harsh lights as far as their personality, ego, and business dealings would go. Being a outsider, it's hard to get a truthful picture of some of these things anyway.
Back to Aaron Swartz though. The doc is pretty amazing in that I'm amazed at people with high IQs and how they apply them so well. The thing I liked about Swartz also was that he wasn't totally motivated by money or greed. He could see social injustices and tried to correct them, something that got him in trouble with the government. The government eventually brought him up on charges, although it was not proven and an allegation, however, the money is always in their court, along with the law, so to speak, in some cases, you are guilty until proven innocent. It's a shame. It's a shame that our government can't think more outside the box, be more intelligent in their handling of matters, be less bureaucratic, more transparent, less corrupt, but I guess we are talking about the real world. The film did make me angry in the end, and is one of the reasons I'm not always so quick to be so flag-wavingly patriotic about our nation.
On a lighter note, here's a long Jack Kirby interview conducted by The Comics Journal, Gary Groth.