The Science of Democracy

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


To: Jay Rosen - jr3@nyu.edu

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

Cc: Doc Searls - doc@searls.com

From: Doug Skoglund - skoglund@pdmsb.com

Date: 27 Jan 2017 11:00 CST

Subject: The Science of Democracy III...

Jay Rosen recently published the following:

This is a crisis with many overlapping and deep-seated causes, not just a problem but what scholars call a wicked problem - a mess. You don't "solve" messes, you approach them with humility and respect for their beastliness. Trying things you know won't "fix" it can teach you more about the problem's wickedness. That's progress. Realizing that no one is an expert in the problem helps, because it means that good ideas can come from anywhere.

Being willing to start over is good, too. If I were running a big national desk in DC, I would try to zero-base the beat structure. Meaning: if you had no existing beats for covering national affairs in Donald Trump's America, if you had to create them all from scratch, what would that system look like?

Is that going to fix what's broken in political journalism? Nope. But trying it might reveal possibilities that were harder to see before. So let me be clear about this: I don't have solutions to what I described in part one. And I'm not saying my suggestions are equal to the task. They are not. Rather, this is what I can think of. I have a series of small ideas that might be worth trying and a larger one to spell out.

I wish had better answers for you.

I am truly sorry, Jay -- but, I have to disagree with you. The problems have been defined and described by many people, too many to list here -- following is a summary statement:

We have a shortage of people
that understand and support

  "The Science of Democracy."

The forefathers gave us the concept of Democracy, and Science can give us the process necessary to make it work. Your job, as a Watch Dog is to make certain that the rest of us get on the right track. 

And I am simply asking for an open, honest discussion.

We need to overhaul the Personal Computer/Internet combo -- no hacking allowed. We need rock solid Operating Systems from multiple vendors, supporting a standardized database middleware, supporting numerous certified application programmers.

We must understand that the Internet is an Electronic Highway. And should be operated as such -- Licensed vehicles (computers) operated by licensed drivers. Cost of operation dependent upon quantity transmitted, how far, how fast.

The most important change, IMHO (Hi Dave), is a modification to amendment 1, the meaning of Freedom of Speech. There is no need for including Religion or Press since Speech covers everybody. The change that is needed is to include Freedom to Publish, and that is where you have an advantage. You have the ability to teach your cohorts all about Freedom of Speech and Freedom to Publish.

Here are a couple of relative links:

08/22/2012 - http://ifihadmyway.com/myway092.htm

04/26/2015 - http://ifihadmyway.com/2015017.htm

to be continued (of course)

Doug Skoglund skoglund@pdmsb.com

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