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: 29 Jan 2017 11:00 CST

Subject: Educate the Voter...

So, what is the problem??

We have a shortage of people
that understand and support

  "The Science of Democracy."

The forefathers gave us the concept of Democracy -- Of the People, By the People and For the People -- a truly great idea; however, it's not working. It's not working because the voters have no way of identifying the proper people to run the country. 

When it comes down to a presidential election, it is always a lesser of evils situation. The voters chose Donald Trump as the lesser of evil because, in 2008, they voted for change by voting for Barack Obama -- and he failed.

BTW, I just happen to agree with Jesse Ventura, a former Governor of Minnesota, who said that we need a "None of the Above" option on each of the positions. with a do-over if None wins. Maybe they should automatically count the non-voters.

Democracy teaches us that we have the right to be any kind of a person we choose; AKA: Freedom of Purpose. Yet we measure individual behavior in an attempt to determine individual purpose. If the behavior is unsatisfactory we try to change behavior. That is treating the symptom when we  should be dealing with the cause.

It is futile to put so much effort into behavioral correction. especially when we can fix the educational system -- people will change their behavior when they understand the collateral benefits. And that will happen normally if we just get the people talking to each other.

Barack Obama, ended his Farewell Speech with the following.

"My fellow Americans, it has been the honor of my life to serve you. I won't stop; in fact, I will be right there with you, as a citizen, for all my days that remain. For now, whether you're young or young at heart, I do have one final ask of you as your President - the same thing I asked when you took a chance on me eight years ago.

"I am asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change - but in yours."

"I am asking you to hold fast to that faith written into our founding documents; that idea whispered by slaves and abolitionists; that spirit sung by immigrants and homesteaders and those who marched for justice; that creed reaffirmed by those who planted flags from foreign battlefields to the surface of the moon; a creed at the core of every American whose story is not yet written:"

Obviously, Mr. Obama is one of those people doesn't understand and support: 

We have a shortage of people
that understand and support

  "The Science of Democracy."

He had the ability and he still does -- we need an infrastructure change -- THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE GOVERNMENT.

Doc Searls wrote:

Journalism is in a world of hurt because it has been marginalized by a new business model that requires maximizing "content" instead. That model is called adtech.

While adtech is called advertising and looks like advertising, it's actually a breed of direct marketing, which is a cousin of spam and descended from what we still call junk mail.

Like junk mail, adtech is driven by data, intrusively personal, looking for success in tiny-percentage responses, and oblivious to harms it causes, which include wanton and unwelcome surveillance, annoying the shit out of people and filling the world with crap.

Companies advertising in the old publishing world were flattered to appear in publications like the Star-Ledger. They were also considered sponsors of those publications.

Companies advertising in the new publishing world are drunk on digital and want to maximize the "big data" they acquire. And there are thousands of bartenders to help with that.

As I wrote in Separating Advertising's Wheat and Chaff, in the new publishing world "Madison Avenue fell asleep, direct response marketing ate its brain, and it woke up as an alien replica of itself."

So, Madison Avenue fell asleep!! That is not illegal. It would seem to me that all Madison Avenue needs is a little coaching on "serving the customer."

OTOH, the availability and/or publishing of personal data should be illegal, -- why don't you direct your efforts toward defining the problem in a realistic manner??

BTW, IMHO, Journalism is responsible for any and all of the problems they are encountering. They failed as watch dogs when they jumped on the Browser as well as the other mistakes of the Scientific Community under the control of Gates/Jobs/and Companies -- mistakes that created numerous billionaires as well as the so-called Great Recession that Obama had to deal with.

Remember: The Personal Computer that is running the world was programmed by a college drop out.

 We need to fix that problem!!

to be continued (of course)

Doug Skoglund skoglund@pdmsb.com

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