Should Pandora Have Opened the Box?

Michael Feldstein, Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, Apr 17, 2010
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Good post from Michael Feldstein on edupunk and a fascinating reply from Chuck Severence. I think Feldstein refutes Severence's point, which was that DIY - as in punk bands - is very difficult to sustain. Also, an odd comment from Anya Kamenetz on persistence: "Yes. Roman Empire falls. Rome (city) thrives to this day." One of the most haunting passages I read in Gibbon was his account of the great Byzantine general Belisarius standing at the gates of a depopulated and destitute Rome, an empty city full of nothing but memories and ghosts. Rome did not survive; it had to be rebuilt from scratch. "Like Thebes, or Babylon, or Carthage, the names of Rome might have been erased from the earth."
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