The Academia Waltz
The Academia Waltz was Berkeley Breathed's first comic strip, published daily from 1978 to 1979 in The Daily Texan at The University of Texas at Austin, where he was a student. The strip focused on college life, although it sometimes made references to big news stories of the time. Steve Dallas: an arrogant, obnoxious fraternity member preoccupied with the pursuit of sex, he became an icon in many circles at the University of Texas, not Breathed's intent. Kitzi: Steve's sorority girlfriend, she finds ways to bend Steve to her will, a fact not always clear to Steve. She and Steve were married in the comic's penultimate strip. Rabies: Steve's reluctant canine friend. Saigon John: a wheelchair-using Vietnam War veteran who attends protest marches, he does not see "eye to eye" with the conservative Steve. Val Blain: Kitzi's lovelorn best friend. Two of the characters from The Academia Waltz would be resurrected for Breathed's next strip, Bloom County: Steve Dallas and Saigon John. Rabies became a character early on in the strip, but disappeared around the time that Opus the Penguin appeared.
Kitzi made a guest appearance in Bloom County in 1985, although the character had been altered to be Steve's younger sister rather than his girlfriend. Two collections featuring the comic were published, they are out of print and rare, or as Breathed's website claims, "eBay is your only hope." The Academia Waltz The Academia Waltz: Bowing Out A few Academia Waltz comics were reprinted in the Bloom County collection Classics of Western Literature, as well as in Bloom County: The Complete Library: Volume One: 1980–1982. In August 2015, IDW Publishing released an anthology titled "Berkeley Breathed’s Academia Waltz & Other Profound Transgressions." The anthology collects work from Breathed's college days, publishing his strips from The Daily Texan, his college newspaper from 1978 to 1979, along with scanned original art from his personal archives featuring Academia Waltz strips and political cartoons. Berkeley Breathed's official site The Academia Waltz at GoComics.com The Academia Waltz at Don Markstein's Toonopedia.
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Eyebeam (comic strip)
Eyebeam was a daily comic strip written and illustrated by Sam Hurt at the University of Texas at Austin. Unlike most college strips, its popularity led to a print life past Hurt's graduation; the strip ran in the college's The Daily Texan from 1980 -- 1990. In 1983, Austin's daily paper, the American-Statesman, picked up the strip. Other newspapers around the U. S. followed suit. By 1982, Eyebeam's popularity was such that a monster character called Hank the Hallucination ran for the University of Texas Student Government presidency and won. A figment of Eyebeam's imagination within the boundaries of the comic, Hank received more votes than the two human candidates combined. After it was ruled that imaginary characters could not serve in the post, future Democratic adviser and CNN political contributor Paul Begala was the campus' second choice. Following his loss, Begala wrote a tongue-in-cheek complaint for the Texan, arguing "I cannot help but feel Hank's platform is illusory at best.... I must say that the candidate himself lacks substance."
The strip developed a devoted enough fanbase to support a steady series of paperback collections, as well as ancillary merchandise such as T-shirts. In 1990, Hurt abandoned the comic strip, taking an offer from United Feature Syndicate to start a new strip based on the Peaches character, Queen of the Universe; the strip was sometimes called Queen of the Universe. Hurt's freewheeling style did not translate as well under the syndicated system, hoping for a female Calvin character, the latter strip was not a success. Hurt described the strip's demise as the result of "a printing accident... drowned in a sea of red ink." Some readers felt the most Eyebeam-like sequences of the strip's run came at the end, after Hurt had gotten the cancellation notice. Sam Hurt revived Eyebeam in 1995, but as a weekly. A comic book series appeared, combining reprints with fresh material. Hurt discontinued Eyebeam for a second time in 2002, resumed it for a third time in 2006; as of 2008, the strip appears weekly in the Austin Chronicle as well as on Hurt's website.
Beginning as a typical "college life" strip, Eyebeam mutated into something more. Besides the title character and the aforementioned Hank, regular characters included Eyebeam's down-to-earth but sexually voracious girlfriend Sally, his best friend, the conical ne'er-do-well Ratliff McNubb. Secondary characters included the slacker robot IM4U, the narcissistic Rod Rutherford, Rod's lovestruck girlfriend Beth, Eyebeam's coworker Vernon. Much Ratliff's rambunctious niece Peaches burst into the storylines, which indirectly led to the strip's demise. Hurt's drawing style was thick and loose, used periodically shifting backgrounds as were found in George Herriman's "Krazy Kat". A vase of flowers, for example, could be exchanged for an umbrella stand and a fountain, without narrative explanation; the strip's logo was ever-changing. Many of the strip's odder visual elements were accepted at face value, if discussed at all, such as Sally's endless jet stream of hair, Ratliff's sea-of-trash bedroom, or Ratliff's spherical automobile.
When the Comics Journal compiled its 2000 list of the greatest comics of the century, Eyebeam received one judge's vote. Hurt remains in Texas where he does animation and sculpture. 1982: I'm Pretty Sure I've Got My Death-Ray In Here SOMEWHERE 1984: Eyebeam, Therefore I Am ISBN 978-0961166014 1985: Eenie Meenie Minie Tweed ISBN 978-0961166021 1985: Our Eyebeams Twisted ISBN 978-0961166038 1985: The Mind's Eyebeam ISBN 978-0836220865 1988: Teetering on the Blink ISBN 978-0877191001 1988: Render Unto Peaches ISBN 978-0877191155A three-issue comic book series, Eyebeam: The Complete Collection 1978-1989, was released in 1992. The first of a three-volume compilation of Hurt's Queen of the Universe strip was released in 2012. Eyebeam comics were extensively used in the American Bar Association's essay compilation Full Disclosure: Do You Really Want to Be a Lawyer? Characters from Eyebeam are animated by Sam Hurt in a music video by Brave Combo, "The Hokey Pokey." Sally, Eyebeam and Hank appear. Official website Sam Hurt's website
Sin City (film)
Sin City is a 2005 American neo-noir crime anthology film written and directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller. It is based on Miller's graphic novel of the same name. Much of the film is based on the first and fourth books in Miller's original comic series; the Hard Goodbye is about a man who embarks on a brutal rampage in search of his one-time sweetheart's killer, killing anyone the police, that gets in his way of finding and killing her murderer. The Big Fat Kill focuses on an everyman getting caught in a street war between a group of prostitutes and a group of mercenaries, the police and the mob; that Yellow Bastard follows an aging police officer who protects a young woman from a grotesquely disfigured serial killer. The intro and outro of the film are based on the short story "The Customer is Always Right", collected in Booze, Broads & Bullets, the sixth book in the comic series; the film stars an ensemble cast led by Jessica Alba, Benicio del Toro, Brittany Murphy, Clive Owen, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Elijah Wood, featuring Alexis Bledel, Michael Clarke Duncan, Rosario Dawson, Carla Gugino, Rutger Hauer, Jaime King, Michael Madsen, Nick Stahl, Makenzie Vega among others.
Sin City opened to wide critical and commercial success, gathering particular recognition for the film's unique color processing which rendered most of the film in black and white while retaining or adding color for selected objects. The film was screened at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival in competition and won the Technical Grand Prize for the film's "visual shaping". In a penthouse on the roof of a skyscraper overlooking Basin City, a fancy party is in progress. A woman, dressed in a red evening gown, is alone on the balcony. A man, narrating, comes up behind her and offers her a cigarette, they exchange a little small talk, he tells her that he sees in her eyes a "crazy calm", of someone, tired of running, but doesn't want to face her problems alone. He tells her that he will save her, take her far away, they kiss he shoots her. She dies in his arms, he says that he does not know who she was running from, but will "cash her check in the morning." In the DVD commentary, Frank Miller explains that the victim in this story is committing suicide.
The unnamed woman had dated a mobster, when she tried to break it off, he said that he would kill her in the most terrible way possible. She used her connections to hire a hitman to provide her with a quick death. On the docks of Sin City, aging police officer John Hartigan is attempting to stop serial child murderer Roark Junior from raping and killing 11-year-old Nancy Callahan. Junior is the son of the powerful Senator Roark, who has paid off many police to cover up his son's crimes, including Hartigan's partner Bob. Bob tries to convince Hartigan to walk away, appears to succeed, but Hartigan sucker-punches him, knocking him out cold. Hartigan makes his way into a warehouse, knocking unconscious two local criminals. Junior is inside with the frightened Nancy and two armed henchmen, who are making sure that Junior and Nancy "get along" before leaving them alone. Hartigan shoots and kills the henchmen, but Junior shoots Hartigan in the shoulder, grabs Nancy and runs out to the docks. Hartigan shoots off his ear, causing him to drop Nancy.
He proceeds to shoot off Junior's arm and genitals, before being shot in the back several times by Bob, who has recovered. Bob tells Hartigan to stay down, but Hartigan knows he must buy time for backup to arrive so he tries to pull his reserve gun, causing Bob to shoot him several more times; as the sirens approach, Hartigan lapses into unconsciousness knowing that Nancy is safe, justifying himself with the words "An old man dies, a little girl lives. After a night of lovemaking, Marv awakens to find Goldie murdered; the police arrive, he flees the frame-up, vowing to avenge Goldie's death. He turns to Lucille, his lesbian parole officer, who patches his wounds and unsuccessfully warns him to give up on this mission. Marv heads to Kadie's Bar in search of information, where he interrogates and kills two hitmen sent after him. Marv shakes down various informants, working his way up to a corrupt priest, who reveals that a member of the Roark family was behind Goldie's murder. Marv kills the priest, but is attacked and shot at by a woman with a strong resemblance to Goldie.
Marv, recognizing that he has not taken his medication for his "condition" for a long time, considers her to be a hallucination. Marv arrives at the Roark family farm, where he is subdued by the silent stalker who managed to kill Goldie without waking him, he awakens in the basement, with the heads of the stalker's past victims and Lucille, captured and lost her hand when she decided to look into Marv's story. She reveals to Marv, he manages to break out, learns that the killer's name is Kevin, but Lucille surrenders to the corrupt police officers who show up and is shot to death. Marv kills them all, hearing from their leader that Cardinal Patrick Henry Roark arranged for Goldie's murder. Marv goes to Sin City's red light district seeking confirmation of the killer's identity, he is captured and allows Goldie's look-alike to beat him, to convince her that he didn't kill Goldie. Convinced and Marv arm themselves and return to the farm. Marv kills Kevin brutally taking the head to Cardinal Roark, wh
Robert Anthony Rodriguez is an American filmmaker. He shoots, edits and scores many of his films in Mexico and his home state, Texas. Rodriguez directed the 1992 action film El Mariachi, a commercial success after grossing $2 million against a budget of $7,000; the film spawned two sequels known collectively as the Mexico Trilogy: Desperado and Once Upon a Time in Mexico. He developed its television adaptation series. Rodriguez co-directed the 2005 neo-noir crime thriller anthology Sin City and the 2014 sequel, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Rodriguez directed the Spy Kids films, The Faculty, The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl, Planet Terror and Alita: Battle Angel, he is a friend and frequent collaborator of filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, who founded the production company A Band Apart, of which Rodriguez was a member. In December 2013, Rodriguez launched El Rey. Rodríguez was born in San Antonio, the son of Mexican parents Rebecca, a nurse, Cecilio G. Rodríguez, a salesman, he began his interest in film at age eleven, when his father bought one of the first VCRs, which came with a camera.
While attending St. Anthony High School Seminary in San Antonio, Rodríguez was commissioned to videotape the school's football games. According to his sister, he was fired soon afterward as he had shot footage in a cinematic style, getting shots of parents' reactions and the ball traveling through the air instead of shooting the whole play. In high school, he met Carlos Gallardo. Rodriguez went to the College of Communication at the University of Texas at Austin, where he developed a love of cartooning. Not having grades high enough to be accepted into the school's film program, he created a daily comic strip entitled Los Hooligans. Many of the characters were based on his siblings – in particular, one of his sisters, Maricarmen; the comic ran for three years in the student newspaper The Daily Texan, while Rodríguez continued to make short films. Rodríguez edited on two VCRs. In late 1990, his entry in a local film contest earned him a spot in the university's film program. There he made the award-winning 16 mm short Bedhead.
The film chronicles the amusing misadventures of a young girl whose older brother sports an tangled mess of hair which she detests. At this early stage, Rodríguez's trademark style began to emerge: quick cuts, intense zooms, fast camera movements deployed with a sense of humor. Bedhead was recognized for excellence in the Black Maria Film Festival, it was selected by Film/Video Curator Sally Berger for the Black Maria 20th-anniversary retrospective at MoMA in 2006. The short film "Bedhead" attracted enough attention to encourage him to attempt a career as a filmmaker, he went on to shoot the action flick El Mariachi in Spanish. Rodriguez won the Audience Award for this film at the Sundance Film Festival in 1993. Intended for the Spanish-language low-budget home-video market, the film was "cleaned up" by Columbia Pictures with post-production work costing several hundred thousand dollars before it was distributed in the United States, its promotion still advertised it as "the movie made for $7,000".
Rodríguez described his experiences making the film in his book Rebel Without a Crew. Desperado was a sequel to El Mariachi that starred Antonio Banderas and introduced Salma Hayek to American audiences. Rodríguez went on to collaborate with Quentin Tarantino on the vampire thriller From Dusk till Dawn, he wrote and produced the TV series for his own cable network, El Rey. Rodriguez has worked with Kevin Williamson, on the horror film The Faculty. In 2001, Rodríguez enjoyed his first Hollywood hit with Spy Kids, which went on to become a movie franchise. A third "mariachi" film appeared in late 2003, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, which completed the Mexico Trilogy, he operates a production company called Troublemaker Studios Los Hooligans Productions. Rodríguez co-directed Sin City, an adaptation of the Frank Miller Sin City comic books. During production in 2004, Rodríguez insisted Miller to be credited as co-director, because he considered the visual style of Miller's comic art to be just as important as his own in the film.
However, the Directors Guild of America would not allow it, citing that only "legitimate teams", e.g. the Wachowskis, could share the director's credit. Rodríguez chose to resign from the DGA, stating, "It was easier for me to resign before shooting because otherwise I'd be forced to make compromises I was unwilling to make or set a precedent that might hurt the guild on." By resigning from the DGA, Rodríguez was forced to relinquish his director's seat on the film John Carter of Mars for Paramount Pictures. Rodríguez had signed on and had been announced as director of that film, planning to begin filming soon after completing Sin City. Sin City was a critical hit in 2005 as well as a box office success for a hyperviolent comic book adaptation that did not have name recognition comparable to the X-Men or Spider-Man, he has an interest in adapting all of Miller's Sin City comic books. Rodríguez released The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 2005, a superhero-kid movie intended for the same younger audiences as his Spy Kids series.
A newspaper is a periodical publication containing written information about current events and is typed in black ink with a white or gray background. Newspapers can cover a wide variety of fields such as politics, business and art, include materials such as opinion columns, weather forecasts, reviews of local services, birth notices, editorial cartoons, comic strips, advice columns. Most newspapers are businesses, they pay their expenses with a mixture of subscription revenue, newsstand sales, advertising revenue; the journalism organizations that publish newspapers are themselves metonymically called newspapers. Newspapers have traditionally been published in print. However, today most newspapers are published on websites as online newspapers, some have abandoned their print versions entirely. Newspapers developed as information sheets for businessmen. By the early 19th century, many cities in Europe, as well as North and South America, published newspapers; some newspapers with high editorial independence, high journalism quality, large circulation are viewed as newspapers of record.
Newspapers are published daily or weekly. News magazines are weekly, but they have a magazine format. General-interest newspapers publish news articles and feature articles on national and international news as well as local news; the news includes political events and personalities and finance, crime and natural disasters. The paper is divided into sections for each of those major groupings. Most traditional papers feature an editorial page containing editorials written by an editor and expressing an opinion on a public issue, opinion articles called "op-eds" written by guest writers, columns that express the personal opinions of columnists offering analysis and synthesis that attempts to translate the raw data of the news into information telling the reader "what it all means" and persuading them to concur. Papers include articles which have no byline. A wide variety of material has been published in newspapers. Besides the aforementioned news and opinions, they include weather forecasts; as of 2017, newspapers may provide information about new movies and TV shows available on streaming video services like Netflix.
Newspapers have classified ad sections where people and businesses can buy small advertisements to sell goods or services. Most newspapers are businesses, they pay their expenses with a mixture of subscription revenue, newsstand sales, advertising revenue; some newspapers are at least government-funded. The editorial independence of a newspaper is thus always subject to the interests of someone, whether owners, advertisers, or a government; some newspapers with high editorial independence, high journalism quality, large circulation are viewed as newspapers of record. Many newspapers, besides employing journalists on their own payrolls subscribe to news agencies, which employ journalists to find and report the news sell the content to the various newspapers; this is a way to avoid duplicating the expense of reporting from around the world. Circa 2005, there were 6,580 daily newspaper titles in the world selling 395 million print copies a day; the late 2000s–early 2010s global recession, combined with the rapid growth of free web-based alternatives, has helped cause a decline in advertising and circulation, as many papers had to retrench operations to stanch the losses.
Worldwide annual revenue approached $100 billion in 2005-7 plunged during the worldwide financial crisis of 2008-9. Revenue in 2016 fell to only $53 billion, hurting every major publisher as their efforts to gain online income fell far short of the goal; the decline in advertising revenues affected both the print and online media as well as all other mediums. Besides remodeling advertising, the internet has challenged the business models of the print-only era by crowdsourcing both publishing in general and, more journalism. In addition, the rise of news aggregators, which bundle linked articles fro
Columbia University is a private Ivy League research university in Upper Manhattan, New York City. Established in 1754, Columbia is the oldest institution of higher education in New York and the fifth-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States, it is one of nine colonial colleges founded prior to the Declaration of Independence, seven of which belong to the Ivy League. It has been ranked by numerous major education publications as among the top ten universities in the world. Columbia was established as King's College by royal charter of George II of Great Britain in reaction to the founding of Princeton University in New Jersey, it was renamed Columbia College in 1784 following the Revolutionary War and in 1787 was placed under a private board of trustees headed by former students Alexander Hamilton and John Jay. In 1896, the campus was moved from Madison Avenue to its current location in Morningside Heights and renamed Columbia University. Columbia scientists and scholars have played an important role in the development of notable scientific fields and breakthroughs including: brain-computer interface.
The Columbia University Physics Department has been affiliated with 33 Nobel Prize winners as alumni, faculty or research staff, the third most of any American institution behind MIT and Harvard. In addition, 22 Nobel Prize winners in Physiology and Medicine have been affiliated with Columbia, the third most of any American institution; the university's research efforts include the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Goddard Institute for Space Studies and accelerator laboratories with major technology firms such as IBM. Columbia is one of the fourteen founding members of the Association of American Universities and was the first school in the United States to grant the M. D. degree. The university administers the Pulitzer Prize annually. Columbia is organized into twenty schools, including three undergraduate schools and numerous graduate schools, it maintains research centers outside of the United States known as Columbia Global Centers. In 2018, Columbia's undergraduate acceptance rate was 5.1%, making it one of the most selective colleges in the United States, the second most selective in the Ivy League after Harvard.
Columbia is ranked as the 3rd best university in the United States by U. S. News & World Report behind Princeton and Harvard. In athletics, the Lions field varsity teams in 29 sports as a member of the NCAA Division I Ivy League conference; the university's endowment stood at $10.9 billion in 2018, among the largest of any academic institution. As of 2018, Columbia's alumni and affiliates include: five Founding Fathers of the United States — among them an author of the United States Constitution and co-author of the Declaration of Independence. S. presidents. Discussions regarding the founding of a college in the Province of New York began as early as 1704, at which time Colonel Lewis Morris wrote to the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts, the missionary arm of the Church of England, persuading the society that New York City was an ideal community in which to establish a college. However, it was not until the founding of the College of New Jersey across the Hudson River in New Jersey that the City of New York considered founding a college.
In 1746, an act was passed by the general assembly of New York to raise funds for the foundation of a new college. In 1751, the assembly appointed a commission of ten New York residents, seven of whom were members of the Church of England, to direct the funds accrued by the state lottery towards the foundation of a college. Classes were held in July 1754 and were presided over by the college's first president, Dr. Samuel Johnson. Dr. Johnson was the only instructor of the college's first class, which consisted of a mere eight students. Instruction was held in a new schoolhouse adjoining Trinity Church, located on what is now lower Broadway in Manhattan; the college was founded on October 31, 1754, as King's College by royal charter of King George II, making it the oldest institution of higher learning in the state of New York and the fifth oldest in the United States. In 1763, Dr. Johnson was succeeded in the presidency by Myles Cooper, a graduate of The Queen's College, an ardent Tory. In the charged political climate of the American Revolution, his chief opponent in discussions at the college was an undergraduate of the class of 1777, Alexander Hamilton.
The American Revolutionary War broke out in 1776, was catastrophic for the operation of King's College, which suspended instruction for eight years beginning in 1776 with the arrival of the Continental Army. The suspension continued through the military occupation of New York City by British troops until their departure in 1783; the college's library was looted and its sole building requisitioned for use as a military hospital first by American and British forces. Loyalists were forced to abandon their King's College in New York, seized by the rebels and renamed Columbia College; the Loyalists, led by Bishop Charles Inglis fled to Windsor, Nova Scotia, where the
Michael Wayne Godwin is an American attorney and author. He was the first staff counsel of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, he created the Internet adage Godwin's law and the notion of an Internet meme, as reported in the October 1994 issue of Wired. From July 2007 to October 2010, he was general counsel for the Wikimedia Foundation. In March 2011 he was elected to the Open Source Initiative board. Godwin has served as a contributing editor of Reason magazine since 1994, he is general counsel and director of innovation policy at the R Street Institute. Godwin was educated at Lamar High School in Houston, before graduating in 1980 from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Plan II Honors program. Godwin attended the University of Texas School of Law, graduating with a Juris Doctor degree in 1990. While in law school, Godwin was the editor of The Daily Texan, the student newspaper, from 1988 to 1989. In his last semester of law school, early in 1990, who knew Steve Jackson through the Austin bulletin board system community, helped publicize the Secret Service raid on Steve Jackson Games.
His involvement is documented in the non-fiction book The Hacker Crackdown: Law and Disorder on the Electronic Frontier by Bruce Sterling. Godwin's early involvement in the Steve Jackson Games affair led to his being hired by the Electronic Frontier Foundation in November 1990, when the organization was new. Shortly afterwards, as the first EFF in-house lawyer, he supervised its sponsorship of the Steve Jackson Games, Inc. v. United States Secret Service case. Steve Jackson Games won the case in 1993; as a lawyer for EFF, Godwin was one of the counsel of record for the plaintiffs in the case challenging the Communications Decency Act in 1996. The Supreme Court decided the case for the plaintiffs on First Amendment grounds in 1997 in Reno v. American Civil Liberties Union. Godwin's work on this and other First Amendment cases in the 1990s is documented in his book Cyber Rights: Defending Free Speech in the Digital Age, reissued in a revised, expanded edition by MIT Press in 2003. Godwin has served as a staff attorney and policy fellow for the Center for Democracy and Technology, as Chief Correspondent at IP Worldwide, a publication of American Lawyer Media, as a columnist for The American Lawyer magazine.
He is a Contributing Editor at Reason magazine, where he has published interviews of several science-fiction writers. From 2003 to 2005, Godwin was staff attorney and legal director of Public Knowledge, a non-governmental organization based in Washington, D. C. concerned with intellectual property law. Godwin has worked on copyright and technology policy, including the relationship between digital rights management and American copyright law. While at Public Knowledge, he supervised litigation that challenged the Federal Communications Commission's broadcast flag regulation that would have imposed DRM restrictions on television. From October 2005 to April 2007, Godwin was a research fellow at Yale University, holding dual positions in the Information Society Project at Yale Law School, at the Yale Computer Science Department's Privacy and Rights in Technologies of Information Assessment project. Godwin was general counsel for the Wikimedia Foundation from July 3, 2007, until October 22, 2010.
Commenting on the self-correcting nature of Wikipedia in an interview with The New York Times in which he said that he had corrected his own Wikipedia article, Godwin said, "The best answer for bad speech is more speech." When the Federal Bureau of Investigation demanded in July 2010 that its seal be removed from Wikipedia, Godwin sent a "whimsically written letter" in response, denying the demand and describing the FBI's interpretation of the law as "idiosyncratic... and, more incorrect."Godwin has been a strong proponent of net neutrality since 2006, along with other internet advocates such as Vint Cerf. Despite Wikimedia's agreement with major telecommunications providers to create Wikipedia Zero, an application that violated the principles of net neutrality, Godwin believed that the benefits of the program outweighed its negatives. Wikipedia Zero was discontinued 2018; the character "Michael Godwin" in The Difference Engine by Bruce Sterling and William Gibson was named after Godwin as thanks for his technical assistance in linking their computers to allow them to collaborate between Austin and Vancouver.
Godwin was named a member of the Student Press Law Center Board of Directors in January 2009 and of the Open Source Initiative Board of Directors in March 2011. Godwin originated Godwin's law in 1990, stating: As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1. Godwin believes. High Noon on the Electronic Frontier: Conceptual Issues in Cyberspace. Introduction. 1996. ISBN 0-262-62103-7. Cyber Rights: Defending Free speech in the Digital Age. 1998. ISBN 0-8129-2834-2. List of Wikipedia people Mike Godwin on LinkedIn Official blog "Godwin's Law". Archived from the original on Jun 2006