If I Had My Way
To: Glenn Greenwald - GGreenwald@salon.com
Cc: Paul Krugman - (Address unknown, please forward)
Cc: Doc Searls - firstname.lastname@example.org
Cc: Dave Winer - email@example.com
Cc: Jeff Jarvis - firstname.lastname@example.org
From: Doug Skoglund - email@example.com
Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Subject: My Way XV - Hippocratic Oath
Following is Jeff Jarvis' response to my previous post "My Way XIV - Comments"
Didja have to start with the caveat? ;-)
But, no discussion -- instead he posted a new mind-blower, "A Hippocratic oath for the internet" -- and I quote:
First, do no harm.
Sorry, Jeff, but that is pure unadulterated bulls**t -- the internet is not now, and never was, "open, free and distributed." The Personal Computer and the Internet are a highly competitive enterprise, developed and controlled by a small group of people for the benefit of that small group of people. It is absolutely no different than all the rest of all the activity in this great big F**ked-Up-World.
Update - Friday, May 27, 2011 09:30 pm CDT
Sorry, I ran out of gas writing that last paragraph -- Glenn Greenwald continues to identify problems, for which he deserves a lot of credit. The same with Paul Krugman -- slightly different problems, but important problems, non the less.
Doc Searls is living in some kind of fantasy world and Dave Winer seems determined to re-invent the proverbial wheel.
And then we have Jeff Jarvis, a noted journalism educator with his fantasy about a "open, free and distributed internet" -- whatever that means.
It is a strange and wonderful thing, the human brain -- it allows people of all persuasions to see exactly what they want to see -- and ignore all those things that create some kind of discontinuity in their thinking.
Our forefathers gave us a system of government -- a process, if you will -- Democracy, a process that is defined in the Constitution of the United States.
I have a couple of important books close at hand. One is "The Genius of America" by Eric Lane and Michael Oreskes. I quote from their final chapter:
There is a strong sense that we have become selfish and self involved as a people. It is hard to say whether we are more self-interested than Americans at the time the Constitution was written. It was written because the framers thought we were very selfish, and they decided they could not fight human nature, only harness it. That was the genius of their system. It accepted us for who we are and yet still offered the optimistic vision that we could, as a nation, compromise our differences to agree to do great things.
Yes, we need to rekindle that belief -- and, how do we do that when people don't want to talk to each other?? Eric Lane and Michael Oreskes failed to cover that part of the problem -- and Glenn and Paul and Doc and Dave and Jeff aren't doing much better.
Time is running out!!!!!
Doug Skoglund firstname.lastname@example.org