The Science of Journalism

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


To: Mathew Ingram - mathew@gigaom.com

From: Doug Skoglund - skoglund@pdmsb.com

Date: 24 May 2014 06:30 am CDT

Subject: 2014014 - Giants behaving badly??

Well, well, well - you are finally beginning to wake up and the Roses really stink -- right?? And you have just begun, with one hell-of-a-long way to go. (You forgot Microsoft)

I will forgo the listing of my attempts to make content with you on this very problem; however, I started blogging about the problem in early 1998 at http://ifihadmyway.com. This is a page from that web site.

I mention Microsoft because the start of the present situation was the DOJ/Microsoft fiasco that was screwed up by G. W. Bush. Google met little resistance after Microsoft cleared the way. Obviously, the actual situation is a bit more complicated.

However, the fundamental problem comes from a violation of the Declaration of Independence:

WE hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.

That means that the government must treat all persons equally (and the government must not allow monopolies to do otherwise). Rating people, groups of people, companies, etc., is a violation of the premise behind the Constitution of the United States -- think about that for a bit!!!

The answer is obvious -- publishers need to control the distribution of their product -- and they do that by publishing to an archive, a database archive that will distribute "legal" copies to "legal" customers. All other copies are "illegal copies", possession of which is punishable under law.

The rating of things must be reserved for individuals or relatively small groups -- which means that individuals need databases to store, manipulate, and rate the contents of the individual data base.

If Google were to continue in business under this system they would have to list search results in inverse chronological order -- and any advertisements would have to be isolated from the search results. Linking, of course, would illegal if used to classify a specific post.

Obviously, there is a lot more to think about -- if you wish to continue this discussion -- or, you could read some of my previous posts??

To be continued (I hope) 

Doug Skoglund skoglund@pdmsb.com

I don't provide for comments since that is a system designed to control the communication process -- I do provide an e-mail address!! (Please put a [MYWAY] in your title to get my attention)

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