The Science of Democracy

If I Had My Way
One Man's Opinion -- for what it's worth.


To: Doc Searls - doc@searls.com

Cc: Dave Winer - dave.winer@gmail.com

From: Doug Skoglund - skoglund@pdmsb.com

Date: 17 Jan 2019 12:00 CST

Subject: myway012 - I'm Sorry Doc --

-- that you find my writing to be offensive. I assure you that I have no need to be offensive to you, Dave or any body else. Besides, when you find something offensive, you are making a decision about my purpose; therefore, you control the result because you are the cause of your own decisions --  so, don't be so sensitive.

Regarding Dave Winer and his "blocking" of my attempts to make contact. I include him on all my messages to you in hopes that you might encourage him to cease blocking. Is that too much to ask??

Speaking about Dave, I quote from his Jan 15, 2019 post:

I watched a bit of MSNBC last night, and had another shift in perspective. There's nothing more for them to say. They're repeating things, aghast, that we knew two years ago, that they were aghast at then, when they were fresh. The shift was this. They feel as helpless as I do. Might as well enjoy ourselves. We're stuck. The only ones with any power are the useful idiot in the White House and AOC of course and Nancy Pelosi. 

Now Doc, that has got to be one of the dumbest paragraphs ever written. Please note that I did not write about Dave's intelligence - Dave is a very intelligent man; however, Dave is a human being and human beings do dumb things,

The point is that the people on MSNBC were doing exactly what they should - they were talking about it, whatever the topic. MSNBC should publish a transcription of the discussion for access by people that may have additional thoughts. 

Doc, you and Dave are pretty good writers, plus Dave is a pretty good programmer plus I am a pretty good Engineer turned Programmer. We need discussion, discussion, discussion. And, of course, we need the infrastructure to support the resulting discussion. Today's opinion plus discussion becomes tomorrow's resource, good or bad. Which, of course, means that we need a great deal of discussion if we wish to solve our problems. I need the  discussion if I am to learn how to be less offensive and you need the discussion to learn how to control your ego and be a little less sensitive.

BTW, Twitter and FaceBook are designed for a specific purpose -- to connect to an individual in order to snoop for information that can be sold to other people. They, obviously don't need, nor want the overhead of lengthy discussions. The only education that takes place is driving a point in as few words possible -- the individual, of course, must understand the point.

Doc, you and Dave should be leading the way in building that infrastructure. 

Just think where we might be today if Donald Trump had some control on his ego.

To be continued -

I really believe in public discussion; however, Email is the best process for my software in it's present state. Please put a "MYWAY" in your title to get my attention. rest assured, I am working on a better system.

Doug Skoglund skoglund@pdmsb.com

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