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Vicious Hounds or "Techie Darwinism"

Selador Cellardoor
Registered User
Join date: 16 Nov 2003
Posts: 3,082
10-07-2005 03:31
From: Nolan Nash
Whenever someone personally criticizes me or my ideas, I do a couple of things.

I try to honestly look at how much truth there is to what they are saying. I will decide how I respond to them based upon that self assessment - and - I look at the way in which the critic(s) conducts themselve(s) and contrast that with their criticism of myself or others, if that is the case.

You forgot the third thing. 3. You mute them. :)

However, assuming I am now unmuted, let me say that I agree with your comments about censorship. However much I dislike some of the things that have been said in these forums, preventing people from saying them seems to me to be completely wrong. I am a firm believer in self-censorship; it's a shame that it so rarely happens.
Desmond Shang
Guvnah of Caledon
Join date: 14 Mar 2005
Posts: 5,250
10-07-2005 10:25
From: Ulrika Zugzwang
I apologize for only reading the first thread and replying. It had such a great point that I wanted to toss in my affirmation.

In Neualtenburg, our entire community is based on the principle of fiery discussion. We have factions that compete for seats in a Representative Assembly (RA). During RA meetings folks discuss and vote on laws, finances, and covenants. In our mongo group forum I'm always pushing some sort of controversial hard-to-understand reform that has folks getting all in a huff. In short, it works and it's good. :)


In such an instance as Neualtenburg I would agree.

Yet inside a... (help me with this - I'm no expert with political terms)... inside a 'corporate oligarchy' such as Google, 'citizenship' is retained by an individual only by virtue of his ability to enrich the few.

Also, he must enrich the few in a predictable, risk-manageable manner.

Not many corporations benefit from free-wheeling 'citizens' within their ranks. Usually employees with the least stake in a company's success are the most willing to risk everything.
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