Online and Offline

A valuable recognition that leapt out at me the from flood of remembrances for the late Aaron Swartz:

I think he knew that the amazing platform provided by the Internet could only bring about real changes if people were willing to put them into action. That documents and data and records posted online would need to translate into action or impact offline.

Anyone who seeks social or political change and sees the Internet as a tool for such must keep reminding themselves of this. For Aaron’s sake, if nothing else.