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Friday, June 03, 2005

Higher Authorities

Dave Rogers' has written some more excellent thoughts on authority in the blogosphere.

Authority is an important topic, because the exercise of authority without the acceptance of responsibility is usually an unheathy situation. We protest about it in the government, the media and we should make noises about it in the blogosphere as well. The fact that bloggers might not recognize that they are accumulating and exercising authority, does not make the situation better.

I think it's important to end with the following quote from Dave Rogers:

Technology changes how people do things, not what they do. It compresses activities in time, and expands them in space. It does not discriminate between the good and the not-so-good. Our world grows more crowded and competitive, and our technology is no answer to our spiritual problems. If my children are to grow up in a world at least as good as the one I grew up in, and hopefully better, we're going to have to begin to focus our attention more on ourselves, and less on our fascination with technology. We're going to have to find at least as much faith in ourselves, as in our technology. We're going to have to find the courage to take a hard look at ourselves, to truly know ourselves, and begin to think about who we might wish to be. We're going to have to find a way to "become the change we wish to see in the world."

Have a nice weekend, maybe some deep conversations with Higher Authorities are in order.