The Information Arms Race. A fascinating but terrifying look at the way data is driving political strategies in campaign season. Some of the targeting statistics are mind blowing.
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
Michael Moore: I was the most hated man in America. This is what happens when you denounce the sitting president 4 days into an immensely popular war. Michael Moore writes about what happened after his Oscar acceptance speech.
The US Postal Service story is not a unique situation. It is the situation. And we are going to be living with this situation for many years to come. We are crossing a huge chasm from an industrial society to an information society. And there is immense pain in that transformation. Obama can’t solve the problem nor can any of his opponents. Time will solve this problem as new industries get built, people learn new skills and new jobs, and we dismantle entitlement systems that are not sustainable.
That is what is going on. I’d love to hear Obama tell the country that. But I doubt he will. But someone should.
Fred Wilson — What is going on?.
Why S. & P.‘s Ratings Are Substandard and Porous. Fascinating read from Nate Silver about the S. & P. and the ways in which it’s broken as a means of investment guidance.
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.
America’s ‘detainee 001′ – the persecution of John Walker Lindh. Superbly well-written article by John Walker Lindh’s father about his son’s decade long detainment by the U.S. Government. Quite sad, but powerful, to read at times.
The United States of America is an idea in search of completion, and we are still arguing over questions that vexed the original founders at the birth of our Republic. Wouldn’t it be better — in fact, wouldn’t we take our poltiical and philosophical positions with greater seriousness — if we recognized that from the perspective of future historians, we are still actively engaged in the founding of this country?
Dan Conover — We are the Founding Fathers (& Mothers too!)
A good factory is not necessarily the one that makes the most money, but the one that is most responsible for improving the quality of life for its workers and its customers. And the true function of politics is not to make people more affluent, safe, or powerful, but to let as many as possible enjoy an increasingly complex existence.
Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Finally, the thought hit me that every time and in every way that the telecommunications careers have had power or control, we the people wind up getting screwed.
Probably the best thing I’ve read for contextualizing why we must have open and accessible internet access.