Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Proposed: The word "terabyte" can also be called a "Swartz" in tribute to Aaron Swartz ("swore tz")

Here is an excerpt from an article about Aaron Swartz:

What the site is, in fact, is a differently delivered payload: a poetic thought exercise in the worldview that Aaron showed in his outlook. For some people, the fear of violating a terms of service, even one as small as this, now holds a certain weight as, in some small way, it led to a man’s suicide. Perhaps someone will pause before clicking, consider their actions, worry about the consequences. The fact that is even the case is a small part of the real message of the site: that Aaron was a tireless crusader in causes of openness, freedom and expression, and when he crossed boundaries, each was done without thought to profit or to harm but to leave the world better than he had found it. Which he has.

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Proposed:  The word "terabyte" can be called a "Swartz" in tribute to Aaron Swartz.

Example:  "I'm going to bring you two Swartzes of videos."  

FAQ #1:  Why do you call it a Swartz?  
Because Aaron Swartz should be remembered.  
a) Some young people might get the same idea that Aaron had and they might believe that suicide is an option.  Let's tell his story and remind young people that "we have options."
b) It's nice to remember someone who tried to make the world better.  In this moment, you can focus on how Aaron lived (rather than how he exited).
c) Let's be kind to people who might be tempted to make fun of "odd" people who are "different" from most people.  "Harmless" jokes can put pressure on people who are sensitive to public opinion.  (If we're laugh at someone, we might want to get in their shoes and see what the situation looks like from their point of view.)  
Example:  type nurse committed suicide katherine australian radio" and see what appears.  Let's think about how our pranks and "punking" and attempts to get a laugh at another person's expense might nudge or pitch that person over the edge.
d)  Let's be kind to people who (with good intentions) might be tempted to share “too much” of other people's words and ideas.

FAQ #2:  Why did you choose Terabyte as the suggested unit to link to Aaron Swartz?
Because in today's world, a terabyte is about 250 movies, each 4 Gigabytes.  A pile of 250 DVDs might get someone's attention.  "Oh, I see you have about a Swartz of movies on your wall."  That might push the listener to ask, "What's a swore tz?"

FAQ #3:  How do you pronounce his name?
I think it is not pronounced Schwartz ("black" in German).  Sh wart z is not accurate.  It appears to be Swar tz
like "Swore tz" ... 
I found this link on
Name: Swartz
Phonetic Pronunciation: swoorts
Audio Pronunciation:   (link)

If you are interested in some other tributes to Aaron Swartz, please click below:

  1. tribute to Aaron Swartz -- New Internationalist

    Jan 18, 2013 – The death of the internet activist is a loss for all those fighting for freedom says Mari Marcel Thekaekara.

  2. Aaron Swartz: tech bloggers pay tribute to an internet activist ... › Technology

    Jan 12, 2013 – Technology bloggers including Cory Doctorow, Joey deVilla and Larry Lessig responded to the death of Aaron Swartz by publishing lengthy ...

  3. Anonymous prepares second Aaron Swartz tribute campaign- The ... › Communications › Security

    Jan 17, 2013 – Planning both virtual and real world protests,Security ,internet.

  4. One Per Cent: MIT website hacked in tribute to Aaron Swartz

    Jan 22, 2013 – tribute to internet activist Aaron Swartz replaced the home page for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology today, in an apparent act of ...

  5. PDF Tribute to Aaron Swartz Attracts Roughly 1,500 Links To ...

    Jan 13, 2013 – An online tribute to Aaron Swartz, the 26-year-old activist who helped create RSS and committed suicide this past week, has attracted more ...


    Those with access to these resources — students, librarians, scientists — you have been 
    given a privilege. You get to feed at this banquet of knowledge while the rest of the world 
    is locked out. But you need not —indeed, morally, you cannot — keep this privilege for 
    yourselves. You have a duty to share it with the world. And you have: trading passwords 
    with colleagues, filling download requests for friends.
    -- Aaron Swartz, Open Access Manifesto

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