[FoRK] [ZS] Re: Reminder: ZSF launch event tomorrow! Please help spread the?word?if you can!

Gary Stock gstock at nexcerpt.com
Fri Nov 16 13:01:57 PST 2012

On 11/16/12 12:00 PM, Rüdiger Koch wrote:
>     Does ZS have a "loyal opposition"?  The presentation is appealing, but
>     avoids revealing any weaknesses.
> The presentation is supposed to give an overview, the main idea, not a 
> comprehensive discussion of all imaginable scenarios.
"All imaginable scenarios?" <sigh>

Leading with a mild insult does have one redeeming feature:  it confirms 
my suspicion regarding the defensive tone of the movement.  (Bonus:  it 
clarifies the degree of smugness fueling its resentment of cultural norms.)

In the future, one helpful response might be to fulfill such requests 
for external sources.  For example, perhaps:


Such a non-aggressive response, though, would be fitting only for an 
organization seeking a broader audience.  In ZS' case, outreach 
apparently is not a goal; that is helpful to understand.

> It was simply assumed that BCI is an acronym that doesn't require 
> definition in H+ circles. After all, this is not something obscure. A 
> Google search for "BCI" returns:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brain%E2%80%93computer_interface
> as the first result.
Of course:  the additional oblique insult. <SIGH>

Since (like five nines of humanity) I am not "in H+ circles," but still 
~do~ know the definition of "BCI," the additional oblique insult was 
unfortunately also misdirected.  If I may repeat:

 > Discussing BCI, without ever defining the acronym, suggests a mild
 > but natural flavor of "inbreeding toward irrelevance."  It leaves me
 > wondering if the group is too self-referential.

Glib use of a token as obscure as "H+" confirms that suspicion, as well.

As a rule, implications about observers being "too stupid to use Google" 
appear unwelcoming.

The entire exchange might well be summarized by this snippet:
>     It leaves me wondering if the group is unaware of how
>     that appears to outsiders.
> That is indeed a problem.
Yes.  I had hoped not.  But, indeed it is.


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