The opportunity cost of noiselessness

What we want is what you want. What you want is a case of the hah hah hah’s.#

It’s like casinos and gamblers, drug dealers and addicts — a sort of degenerative codependence. #

“We’re consumers. We are by-products of a lifestyle obsession. Murder, crime, poverty, these things don’t concern me. What concerns me are celebrity magazines, television with 500 channels, some guy’s name on my underwear.” #

The media business is not the only space in which creativity wants to escape the dominant and manipulative incumbent power structures. Finance. Healthcare. Government. Law. #

“Everybody keeps on listening in. Nobody listening up.
Everybody keeps on talking about it. Nobody’s getting it done.
I’m tired, tired, tired now of listening, listening… knowing that the ship’s gotta run.” #

The optimist hopes forces such as the Internet will reengage the world and empower people to do things they felt excluded from doing before, to participate again and to add to the collective experience of humanity. #

“[The Internet] is taking power away from existing large institutions and pushing it out to smaller entities and often all the way to individuals. In the process it is building up new institutions (such as Google), but the net result appears to be a distinct shift of ‘power to the people.'” #

In Adam Greenfield’s insightful essay ‘Waiting for the Whirlwind‘ (via Tim O’Reilly) he articulates some of the deeper fears in America that cause and result in the nomination of someone like Sarah Palin to such incredible political heights. #

“The things that endear this onetime nowhere-burg mayor to Americans are indicators that a whole lot of people think tomorrow came too soon…Where they were once called to dream and to believe that their best days as a community still lay ahead, [mainstream Americans] are now at war with the future.” #

If Palin was a surprise to anyone then they weren’t paying attention when California voted in a seemingly unqualified feel-good entertainer to govern the region….twice. We elected one of them President…twice. #

“Don’t be one of those people who tries to stop the train because most of the world is “crazy” and values things you (and I) don’t understand. Just keep doing your work and you’ll do much better than all this fearful complaining.” #

The test for the next century may play out in the way we engage our diverse natures to advance as a whole or rather as many parts of a whole. What do we advance toward? I’m not sure it matters…as long as lots of people are participating and that we recognize how to make corrections dynamically along the way. #

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