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The Spectre of Populism

There is a spectre haunting the Web: That spectre is populism. Let me backtrack a moment. This piece is a part of an ongoing series of posts about „rational media“ – a concept that is still not completely hard and … Continue reading Continue reading

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The Unanswered Questions

There’s a piece by Charles Ives, a famous American composer, named „The Unanswered Question“. I have long enjoyed this piece, and in particular also its title. In my opinion, there are many unanswered questions. One reason why there are so … Continue reading Continue reading

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The Uneducated Masses Will Probably Choose the Free Lunch

There are primarily two reasons for this — both of which are based on the limited literacy skills of the uneducated masses: They can’t really comprehend what the fine print means; They can’t seem to learn from history. In the … Continue reading
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The Distribution of Literacy is More Important than the Distribution of Wealth

A large component of happiness is being able to manage (aka “deal with”) the world. In my opinion, this has much more to do with literacy than it has to do with wealth. That’s why I’m far more concerned about … Continue reading
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When Will there be an Online Protestant Reformation?

Actually there already has been… — e.g. Anonymous is one such initiative…, but far more significant than the Anonymous movement (in my opinion) are movements that have a name, a face, people who are willing to stand behind their own … Continue reading
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Liberating the Wheat from the Chaff

In the first years of the World Wide Web, players in traditional media pooh-poohed the Internet, saying it was little more than a dogpile. They were quite wrong… — but not completely wrong. Back when I wrote the “Wisdom of … Continue reading
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Is Being Dependent on a Website Like Google or Facebook a Sign that You Are Illiterate?

I know many people who say or act as if they depend on websites like Google or Facebook… and they don’t seem to feel there is anything wrong with such dependency. I also know parents who read bedtime stories to … Continue reading
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Experience is retarded

I just read a great post by Jeremiah Owyang about “The Four Elements of Career Management in Business” — highly recommended, but I have some issues with it. First, the Founding Fathers had no experience in democracy. Neil Armstrong had … Continue reading
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The greatest danger to the future of free speech is the foolish idea that it is believed to be up to Americans (in the United States) to defend it

Many Americans are too naive to recognize when propaganda is being rammed down their throats — and most of them are also functionally illiterate. If the rest of the world expects freedom to be “born in the USA”, then they … Continue reading
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