Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community
George Siemens picks up on what seems to ke a key quote from this article: "Application separation is the most important paradigm shift in the history of communications, and it will change things forever." Yeah, ok. But there's also this: "Some try to make the case that their information is somehow better or more important than what they see as the riffraff of the Web, but that foolish argument makes the dangerous and incorrect assumption that the audience NEEDS to trust in that which has been proven untrustworthy." This I think is the deeper truth, and what needs to be reflected upon, is that this applies not only to information (which is merely the most visible aspect of an information economy) but to a much wider array: to mangement, to government, to commerce and trade, just to name a few. The fact is - and how can we avoid concluding anything else? - that these institutions have each of them, one by one and in concert - proven themselves to be untrustworthy. When I reflect on, for example, a system of social and political organization that maintains it is rational (and rationalizable) to deny an education (or, for that matter, food) to most people, how can I (or any person of good conscience) call that anything but an abject failure? We are separating ourselves from our institutions, not simply because we (finally) can, but because we must.

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