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[liberationtech] eternity USENET (Re: Internet blackout)

Rich Kulawiec rsk at
Fri Jun 28 01:21:03 PDT 2013

On Fri, Jun 21, 2013 at 04:56:24PM +0100, Michael Rogers wrote:
> I agree - "no smartphones" is sound advice. "No phones" is even
> better. But the problem is, nobody follows that advice. So we have to
> be pragmatic.

[snip insightful comments]

I would like to agree with you -- and in part, I do.

But I'll suggest that the yardstick for "pragmatic" has moved
considerably during the last few weeks.

I'll also suggest that if we give our best advice and people ignore it --
that's not a very good reason to change our best advice.  Oh, we *could*:
if we modified that advice into something more palatable, then perhaps
more people would more readily accept it.   But all that would achieve
is giving us the momentary satisfaction of seeing them smile and nod and
do what we said...and that will be cold comfort when the day comes that
those steps are proven to be as inadequate as we thought they were all along.

Speaking of the last few weeks: I think, in some ways, that day has come.

Yes, this probably means saying unpopular things, like "get rid of your
smartphone".  But the goal here is not to win popularity contests,
the goal is to give the best advice we can.  (Obviously, we can and will
often disagree on just what that advice should be: hence our interesting
and enlightening argumXXXXXdiscussions.)


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