Information Is Free … Now What?

For the overwhelming majority of human history, access to information has been severely limited. Sometimes, this was because the authorities (secular or religious) suppressed unsanctioned ideas, but usually it was the result of simple logistics: if you couldn’t find a living expert or an authoritative book on your topic of interest, there was no other way for you to learn about it.

The 1989 film “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” illustrates this theme beautifully. The entire premise of the movie is that two high-school slackers would have no conceivable way of completing…