After watching the video on “the internet own’s boy” I actually felt very emotional. Aaron was a true genius. He was humble, he didn’t value material things. He had a true passion to learn. Not only did he want to educate himself, but he wanted to help educate others.
I feel that the government is a big bully! And the government backed him into a corner, that made Aaron feel that he needed to take his life. I’m disgusted with what happened to Aaron Swartz.
What stuck out to me was the fact that Aaron wanted to share public knowledge. Information should be free. Aaron wasn’t greedy. He understood knowledge is POWER! He wanted to change the world! What also stuck out to me, was who inspired him. The actual inventor/creator of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners- Lee. Tim invented the web, and instead of selling it for billions of dollars, he gave it to the world. This is why Aaron thought the way he thought, he wanted to help. Aaron downloaded over 2 million JSTOR articles from MIX illegally. Facing him with possible jail time for over 35 years. Aaron was a genius he was a computer programmer , writer, political organizer, and Internet activist! Starting at age 15 to be dead at age 26, it’s crazy to me I’m 26 years old. This man was amazing.
below is a link for Tim Berners the man who inspired Aaron to become the man he was.