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Thanks for your leadership in pushing the concept of the Internet as a great
tool of of democracy, knowledge, and communication. Your visit to the Getty
center and your note on the Arts Ed Net list serve is a powerful voice of
support for use of the Internet in schools, and by our citizens.
The demonstration you experienced at the Getty Center, is only one small step
in this direction. As Art educators, many of us are now connected not just
state to state but around the world. The Arts form the basis of a truly
universal language. It is wonderful that we now have the ability to
communicate universally around the world.
It seems to me that Embargoes, and censorship of the free flow of ideas,
trade, and knowledge donít work. As we Iook at the 40 years of isolation
Cuba has experienced, and the other embargoes that our government places on
countries with whom we disagree, I canít understand why we havenít learned
that the way to expand freedom, democracy, and peace is through dialogue,
exchanges, the arts, and education. We won the cold war not through
embargoes and propaganda, but through the exchange of ideas.
Now with the World Wide Web becoming more available, the exchange of ideas
and knowledge should make this world a more cohesive community. We are one on
this planet, and I think the Internet will break down the walls of isolation
between nations, peoples, and cultures.
I commend you for your commitment to education, the arts, and the Internet