‘If Everyone Else is Such an Idiot, How Come You’re Not Rich?‘ by Megan McArdle at The Atlantic.
But how do we get from “that was a bad idea” to “Reed Hastings doesn’t understand what business he’s in?” When internet commentators see odd behavior that they don’t understand, why do they assume that the most parsimonious explanation is that management must be a bunch of drooling morons?I mean, Reed Hastings did manage to build this rather large and successful business that killed off one of the most successful retail operations of its day. It’s possible that he just sort of did this by accident. But is this really the most likely explanation? That he didn’t understand the first thing about how people watched movies, or how to run a business?
‘The Deepening Paradox‘ by Karl Schroeder at KarlSchroeder.com
So are we alone? Well, there is one other possibility, at this point. I’ve lately been trumpeting my revision of Clarke’s Law (which originally said ‘any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic’). My revision says that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from Nature. (Astute readers will recognize this as a refinement and further advancement of my argument in Permanence.) Basically, either advanced alien civilizations don’t exist, or we can’t see them because they are indistinguishable from natural systems. I vote for the latter.
‘Why Cyber-Bullying Rhetoric Misses the Mark‘ by Danah Boyd at the NYTimes.
“At first, we thought drama was simply an umbrella term, referring to varying forms of bullying, joking around, minor skirmishes between friends, breakups and makeups, and gossip. We thought teenagers viewed bullying as a form of drama. But we realized the two are quite distinct. Drama was not a show for us, but rather a protective mechanism for them.”