I just saw the news that Dennis Hopper died. Prostate cancer at 74. Seems so young – especially these days.
As I dug a little deeper, looking for more news (all on Twitter, by the way), I ran across this trailer for Easy Rider, starring Hopper and Peter Fonda. I was a kid back in those days, but the film and its meaning, especially during the turbulence that characterized 1969, has never been lost on me.
This quote from the film was especially inspiring: “What you represent to them is freedom,” says Hopper, and Fonda replies “What the hell is wrong with freedom, man? That’s what it’s all about.”
It made me think of society today and the freedom that the Internet has afforded us. It’s a freedom that frightens many – probably because they don’t understand it, or because it represents change, which is usually unsettling. Those of us more comfortable in the online space don’t fear it and see the boundless opportunities. Opportunities for learning, growth, change, sharing – and a myriad of other things.
And so, I saw some similarities, between the lives we’re living now and the way things were back in 1969 – filled with change, opposing views, great shifts in the way people think, huge shifts in the way business is done.
I can’t wait to see how much things change in the next 5-10 years – how about you? Do you welcome that change — or dread it? I’d love to know.
Thank you, Dennis Hopper, for sharing your talent with the world. May you rest in peace.