One of the coolest moments I've had at the Aspen Ideas Festival was the realization that I don't need to be here. A decade or two ago, that wasn't the case. If I wanted to see Bill Gates talk about education reform, I had to wait until 60 Minutes ran a special on it, or until he came to town and I could finagle a ticket. A chance to come see newsmakers and leading thinkers speak on panels was, in that world, a rare opportunity, particularly if you lived outside of DC or New York. And if you got the chance, you had to take good notes, or record it, because if you missed a moment or a quote, it was gone.
But not anymore. Want to see Bill Gates talk policy? Fine. Here you go:
Want to see what I'm seeing at the Aspen Ideas Festival? Tool around in their video library. Or check out the live stream. The internet is such a constant companion these days that it's easy to forget just what an explosion of information and access it really represents. It's easy, in fact, to take it for granted: It used to be that I couldn't see the panels I wanted to see. Now I put off watching them, comforted that they'll be there tomorrow, too.
July 9, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
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