Rolling Stone on Winamp/Gnutella Creator
The World's Most Dangerous Geek is an interesting article on Justin Frankel, creator of Winamp and Gnutella. Lots of neat info in there if you're interested in that stuff as I am.
In many ways, Frankel's future encapsulates the debate over the future of the Internet itself. Does it become just a distribution system for corporate product or more of a way to subvert that corporate control? For Frankel, subversion is in the eye of the beholder. "The question is," he says, "do you think people are ultimately good or bad? Do they want to do the right thing, or do they want to do what's good for them and fuck everyone else? I hope it's not the latter."