At Monday's South by Southwest Interactive keynote conversation between Craigslist founder Craig Newmark and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, Wales asked Newmark to talk about his theory that TiVo can become a tool for saving democracy.
"The miracle of DVRs, not just TiVo, is that you can skip through commercials, and in my fantasy life...if everyone started skipping political commercials, that would defeat their purpose, and that would be a good thing," Newmark said. "Then politicians would have to say more. That's what I feel in my own little fantasy world. I do feel it's everyone's patriotic duty to skip commercials, at least political commercials, and I feel it's the DVR manufacturers' patriotic duty to make a 30-second skip easier for everyone."
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