Tuesday, January 15, 2013
If You Blog and Use RSS You Should Read This
And take a minute to reflect and thank Aaron Swartz for the technology. The co-founder Reddit and co-inventor of the RSS technology was found dead in his apartment in NYC on Friday. He took his own life. Aaron was 26 years old, considered a genius, and a Robin Hood type figure to his friends and colleagues. He was facing up to 35 years in prison for his role in hacking Scientific Journals and sharing them with the internet community. The owner of the journals wanted to drop the charges but this never happened, and it obviously became too much for Swartz. His death has been labelled a "travesty", and the prosecutors of his crime have been blamed.
I don't want to go into the details of his so called crime. If you care to read into it you can get the information here, here and here. I think it's important to understand who Aaron was, and what he did for the public. Not only that, but without him, us bloggers may not be able to have that lovely RSS and blog role that we so take for granted.
In this day and age, we do take things for granted so easily. Our smart phones, the internet, hydro, hot water...the list goes on. Even now, my internet has come back on miraculously after being off for a few days. I was so lost without it. Could you imagine being the person who brought the world internet and then was going to be punished for that great act? Aaron took scientific information that he believed the public had a right to know about, and shared it with the world for free. 35 years in jail, was this really an appropriate punishment? He gained nothing from his actions, he hurt no one. He was a hero to the public.
Take time each day to be thankful for the things we take for granted. You never know what someone may have gone through, to bring it to you. Forever in our hearts Aaron.