[FoRK] [ZS] Re: Reminder: ZSF launch event tomorrow! Please help spread the?word?if you can!
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:
> 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"
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.
Gary Stock gstock at nexcerpt.com
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