Cory Doctrow takes the op-ed page of the Boston Globe, and… well… opines… on Net activism. The key graf:

Information is power, but it’s not enough. Modern emperors have learned the knack of spinning revelations of wrongdoing and bouncing back. Thus far, the Internet has lacked the follow-through necessary to make a lasting difference. That’s changing.

Put another way, the genie of digitally-organized and -amplified collective action is escaping the bottle of the virtual world, and making its way into the real world. And we all remember from the stories we read as children what happens when genies escape their bottles….

[via Smart Mobs]