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The hacker attitude is often approximately this: “Open up your life to the ’net, all you ordinary people. The world is about to become transparent and that transparency will be the beginning of a golden age. Sharing is good. However, encrypt your life like crazy. Use VPN, etc. Only the smartest people can make no sound in the digital forest.”

- Jaron Lanier, Who Owns the Future?

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Facebook is becoming more like an electric utility every day.

If Facebook starts to fail commercially, suddenly people over the world would be at risk of losing old friends and family ties, or perhaps critical medical histories.

Facebook is only one example of many recent highly successful network players that have made themselves essential in advance of making themselves sustainable.

- Jaron Lanier, Who Owns the Future?, emphasis mine

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Judging campaign tactics

Donald Trump.

Admit it, you have half a lather worked up already. The man is incendiary; the campaign is astounding. He’s built a big base of support with tactics that we thought were off the table entirely and should have sunk him long ago.

What changed? Do we not have the grasp on campaign tactics we thought we did? Do we need to dive back into modern electioneering, break it down, and really understand it piece by piece if we want to get the leaders we think we’re electing?

Campaigning today is a complicated business. Fundraising, optics, opposition research, social media…there’s a lot to it, all far removed from the actual task of governing and policy making. (You may still spend much of your time fundraising and campaigning once you’re in office, but that’s a different issue.) Continue reading

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