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blogs and discourse in software and politics

Salon's Scott Rosenberg muses on What journalists can learn from software developers and points to my recent exchange with Mike Arrington as an example. Thanks!

Which reminds me of what I wrote a while back in rethoric, semantics, and Microsoft and some of the stuff (such as the "rules to posting") in my introduction to weblogs.

Political discourse definitely feels a bit shrill these days. Then again, when reading the history about other times of relative upheaval (about, say, the late 1700s/early 1800s period in US history, the Civil War, or World War II) it's striking to see that they weren't all that "nice" back then either, in fact the early days of the republic were pretty vicious in terms of political rethoric and even backstabbing (witness the falling out among some of the Founding Fathers). I think it's just that it was much harder for tempers to flash out of range, since by time involved in sending messages back and forth allowed for some cooling-off period -- and live debates weren't watched by millions of people at once, who also had to respond asynchronously. I wonder if it's just a matter of slowing down a bit then... :)

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on January 24, 2006 at 1:47 AM

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