Openness, Radicalism, and Tolerance

David Wiley, iterating toward openness, Jun 28, 2010
Commentary by Stephen Downes

David Wiley gets a hearty "hear hear!" from me for his call for tolerance in the open content community. He asks, "Why must we, the 'open' folks, be in the business of ideological purging like the politicians? If someone has gone out of their way to waive some of the rights guaranteed them under the law so that they can share their creative works – even if that action is to apply a relatively restrictive CC BY-NC-ND to their content – why aren't we praising that? Why aren't we encouraging and cultivating and nurturing that? Why are we instead decreeing from a pretended throne on high, 'Your licensing decision has been weighed in the balance, and has been found wanting. You are not deemed worthy.' Why the condescension? Why the closed-mindedness?"
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