Hopeless, sad and misdirected, you can't eat code.
"The map is not the territory"
Fresh from challenging Silicon Valley to invest in ethical Web 2.0 efforts, a blogger-cum-consultant has proclaimed a "manifesto" for the next industrial revolution using Web 2.0. Umair Haque, director of the Havas Media Lab think tank and founder of Web 2.0 consultant Bubblegeneration - seriously is this post-modern irony, or …
To paraphrase Jamie Zawinski, web 2.0 is about helping people get laid. Not about solving world hunger etc. (unless some "22 year old college student living in the dorms" gets laid along the way).
QUOTE: "How will this software get my users laid" should be on the minds of anyone writing social software (and these days, almost all software is social software).
The ideals of helping others and leaving a legacy by actually doing something important (as opposed to leaving a legacy by coding flying penises in Sadville) are, sadly, the ideals of generations past. The same is true of honesty, integrity, and personal responsibility. Very few people my age (31) or younger care about these ideals.
However, if you'd like to return to those ideals, a good place to start would be to stop this "Web 2.0" crap. Simply put, disconnect. Actually leave the house and interact with the peoplearound you. Returning to active, friendly, and helpful communities would go a long way.
It makes me laugh that all these web 2.0 and open source guys tend to be very right-wing in their political views, often tending to the libertarian, and then they come out with these very left-wing ideas like they're amazing flashes of insight nobody else has ever thought of.
Since programmers need to eat to, they generally do their programming for somebody with the money to pay them. One of your countrymen, Adam Smith by name, worked out how letting people alone to do that was a good way to increase productivity that would eventually benefit everyone.
Since eventually is a long time, effective forms of charity that help people get started, or things like disaster relief, are appealing enough that they can usually find donors. The chronic poverty that comes from too many people on not enough land, though, is another matter.
Human society has never responded positively to a programatic approach - it was the fundamental flaw with marxism and other highly ordered societies. The underlying trend has always been the chaos/order cycle - and the high levels of order required by a programmed approach cannot hold - indeed it is probable that the increasing the effectiveness of the programme increases the trend to chaos.
Someone should send this guy a copy of The Second Coming
Remember the OLPC project where they shipped out laptops to kids in Africa? They could have e-mail and internet (so they could look at stuff like BMW's and Louis Vuitton luggage). These boxes cost $100, and Intel pulled the plug as there's no profit. You could do a linux desktop box for £150, but that's no good to them if (as Bill Gates said) they don't have any food. I've always thought Internet to poor folk projects were always a bit of a piss take. I don't think Sainscoda (and their corporate partners) deliver to Ethiopia. Skull and crossbones for obvious reasons.
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