Martha Payne is nine years old. She lives in Scotland. A couple of months ago she started a blog about the disgusting food her school was serving up at lunchtime. Pretty soon her blog was attracting thousands of readers. Two weeks ago the school council shut her down.
What made the school council think they could get away with that? Most of human history, is all.
For a delightful riff that begins with that story and goes on to Gutenberg, Linus Torvalds, github, freedom, and you and me, have a peek at Clay Shirky's TED talk.