Almost four in five people around the world believe that access to the internet is a fundamental right, a poll for the BBC World Service suggests.For sometime now, there has been much talk about the urban—access to the city and the power to shape it—as a human right. It's interesting to see that this right is being replaced by a placeless one, a right that is not physical but immaterial, a right that is nowhere but everywhere. This was once the right of the rich. From Lefebvre's "The Right to the City":
The survey - of more than 27,000 adults across 26 countries - found strong support for net access on both sides of the digital divide.
Countries such as Finland and Estonia have already ruled that access is a human right for their citizens.
Who can ignore that the Olympians of the new bourgeois aristocracy no longer inhabit. They go from grand hotel to grand hotel, or from castle to castle, commanding a fleet or a country from a yacht. They are everywhere and nowhere. That is how they fascinate people immersed into everyday life.
This access and speed, or what Virolo calls "dromology" ("..[p]ossession of territory is not primarily about laws and contracts, but first and foremost a matter of movement and circulation"), is now universalized. It's not only a matter of access, but also a matter of speed. Indeed, the right to internet access means that for once in this history, the history of postmodern globalization, the real value of cultural production, which was degraded by certain Marxists as merely epiphenomenal, is grasped. Information becomes as valuable as water.