“Of course the people don’t want war. But after all, it’s the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship … Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leader. This is easy. All you have to do is tell them you’re being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country.”
— Herman Goering, Hitler’s second in command
Support our troops. Stop the war.
I must have been living under a rock… Ward Cunningham is my newest hero. He developed WikiWikiWeb in 1995. It has clearly evolved a lot over the years and now has some nice spin-off open source efforts. “Wiki Wiki” means “quick” in Hawaiian and it sure is a quick way to make a site. Anyone can edit and add links, and even delete. Order is kept through social contract rather than by rules enforced through the software.
It took me only a few minutes to install UseModWiki this morning — it will take me quite a bit longer to learn about Wiki culture and how to successfully cultivate a Wiki.
btw: I think that the rock I’ve been living under might be called “living in the world of proprietary software” or “search engines don’t index dynamic content.” Of course, maybe the internet is just a really big place with a lot of people doing neat stuff.
The myth was debunked in 1995, but I first read it this morning. I found it heartening to read this story about the old frog-boiling myth.
I was was tipped off by “the unknown Flash Guy” who tells a story about a rodeo, which itself could be a parable of human nature, if it weren’t also true.