Content-type: text/html Downes.ca ~ Stephen's Web ~ Hard Rain

Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

Hard Rain

John Pederson, pedersondesigns, Jan 06, 2006

John Pederson writes about the "week of reinvention," quoting mostly from Bob Dylan.

And what did you hear, my blue-eyed son?
And what did you hear, my darling young one?
I heard the sound of a thunder, it roared out a warnin',
Heard the roar of a wave that could drown the whole world,
Heard one hundred drummers whose hands were a-blazin',
Heard ten thousand whisperin' and nobody listenin',
Heard one person starve, I heard many people laughin',
Heard the song of a poet who died in the gutter,
Heard the sound of a clown who cried in the alley,
And it's a hard, and it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard,
And it's a hard rain's a-gonna fall.

Someone sent me this link this week, and I have been thinking about this link (do read the related items) and other things like it. And I wrote back, in part:

"But - again - you can't change government merely by changing the government. Doing this do decision-making leaves the door wide open to the subversion of media, or the educational system, or the workplace, as instruments of political pressure and sway. Any place where there is a center of power. So these, too, need to be decentralized and distributed.

"That's what I wrote (without saying as much) in 'Connective Knowledge'. That's the thing I'm trying to wrap my mind around.

"Thing is - all this affects me personally as well (affects anyone personally, I guess). We don't just float around like flotsam in this environment; it gets into us, changes our thoughts and beliefs. These days I am not even sure what's real and what isn't. Life as a hologram."

Today: 2 Total: 38 [Direct link] [Share]

Image from the website


Stephen Downes Stephen Downes, Casselman, Canada
stephen@downes.ca

Copyright 2024
Last Updated: Jun 21, 2024 7:38 p.m.

Canadian Flag Creative Commons License.

Force:yes