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There was a goat who lived in the yard at the end of a rope. All his days he spent eating grass and walking in circles and jealously eyeing the vegetable garden that was just beyond his reach.

Then one day the goat chewed through the rope. Upon realizing his freedom he headed straight for the vegetable garden, where he gorged himself blind upon the once forbidden treasure. "This is it" he thought. "At last I am free to eat as I please!"

And there the goat remained, eating and wallowing in his own filth. Fatter and fatter the goat became, until all he wanted to do was eat and sleep. Without the tug of the rope at his neck he forgot all about the freedom he had so longed for.

All through the nineties I read article after article expounding upon the fantastic possibilities presented to us all in this wired new world.

Napster changed all that. Now it seems all anyone wants to do is gorge themselves in the garden that has always been just beyond our reach. Never mind that we lived for centuries upon grass, prisoners of the rope, and now are free to do all those things once only dreamt of...

We seem to have forgotten we can live just fine on grass and there's a great big world out there for us to explore. Most of us just keep walking in the same familiar circles, eating ourselves silly in the garden grown by masters who still control us simply because we are too lazy and spoiled to do for ourselves.

Inspired by a song of revolution by some who should know...

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