New! New! New! (not yet)

When you let it be itself, every­thing on the Internet belongs to every­thing else. The walls tech peo­ple try to raise, to con­vince investors that there’s dol­lar value there, are fake. They don’t hold any­thing behind them that has any last­ing value. The only things that stand a chance are things that flow. And for that, the walls get in the way.


There’s lots of stuff going on right now that I’m not part of. That’s the way it goes. Me and Facebook are over. It’s going to stay that way. And if I’m on a ship that’s sink­ing, well I’ve had a good run, and I can afford to go down with the ship, along with peo­ple who share my val­ues. It’s a cause, I’ve dis­cov­ered, that’s worth giv­ing some­thing up for.

Dave Winer - Scoble: I’ll go down with the ship.

One day the Times will have the courage to devote a seri­ous amount of their space to self-criticism. To teach the read­ers how to file bug reports, and actu­ally learn how to lis­ten to them. And their prod­uct qual­ity will soar. Until then, we should all be fol­low­ing the Examiner so there’s at least some bal­ance to the report­ing in the Times.

Dave Winer — NY Times Examiner.

Baseball vs real life

I don’t think we can afford to view pol­i­tics or tech­nol­ogy as we view base­ball. In base­ball, I can per­son­ally insult Yankees fans, or con­de­scend to Cubs fans, or feel a soul­ful affin­ity with fel­low Mets fans, and it’s all fun. Because we know it totally doesn’t mat­ter. But these other things do mat­ter. So we really can’t afford to think of it as Us vs Them. It’s not Republicans vs Democrats, it’s Americans decid­ing what we want our gov­ern­ment to do. And in tech­nol­ogy, it’s the peo­ple of the world, in very much the model of Jefferson, decid­ing what we want to be. And not hav­ing cor­po­ra­tions and their need for profit, be the sole determinant.

Dave Winer — Baseball vs real life

I hap­pen to think jour­nal­ism was a response to pub­lish­ing being expen­sive. It cost a lot of money to push bits around the net before there was a net. They had to have huge capital-intensive print­ing plants, fleets of trucks and deliv­ery boys with paper routes. Now we can hear directly from the sources and build our own news net­works. It’s still early days for this, and it wasn’t that long ago that we depended on jour­nal­ists for the news. But in a gen­er­a­tion or two we won’t be employ­ing peo­ple to gather news for us. It’ll work differently.

Dave Winer — Arrington is the future of what we used to call jour­nal­ism.

What’s remark­able about [David Frum, Douglas Holtz-Eakin, and Paul Krugman], what gives me hope that there may be a way out of the big­ger mess, of which this month’s melt­down is just a symp­ton, is that finally blog­ging is effec­tively rout­ing around MSM. If you want to hear from smart peo­ple who know what they’re talk­ing about, and who aren’t spin­ning, you can.

This is why blog­ging is impor­tant.

Dave Winer — A lit­tle truth leaks out.

There’s a very sim­ple busi­ness rea­son why Google cares if they have your real name. It means it’s pos­si­ble to cross-relate your account with your buy­ing behav­ior with their part­ners, who might be banks, retail­ers, super­mar­kets, hos­pi­tals, air­lines. To con­nect with your use of cell phones that might be run­ning their mobile oper­at­ing sys­tem. To pro­vide iden­tity in a commerce-ready way. And to give them infor­ma­tion about what you do on the Internet, with­out obfus­ca­tion of pseudonyms.

Simply put, a real name is worth more than a fake one.

Dave Winer — Why Google cares if you use your real name.