Sea of Noise

Thu, 22 Jul 2004

Growing the Web of Ideas

Something every blogger, or anyone who works on a project in public, has to decide is, How much do I share? Is it better to maintain your privacy and only allow a tiny window into what you want the world to see? Or should you just turn on the 24/7 webcam and share every thought that comes into your head?

There are lots of ways to think about this issue, and it's one I'd like to explore at more length sometime. But meanwhile Sepp Hasslberger has an interesting essay ("The Spreading of New Ideas: Each One Counts") that sheds some light on the issue from a new angle:

As more and more people play, there is no way to pick out THE individual which, if eliminated, will stop the progressing of a particular idea. And since there is no profit, few if any will indeed be targeted.
Paradoxically, the more we are public, the more we are out there, the less of a target we become, because so many people ALREADY know what we have to say, that there is no gusto any more in eliminating any one of us.
In comparison, if someone has important knowledge and keeps it hidden for fear of exposure, they ARE a target, because by eliminating only one person, the idea can be prevented from taking its course.

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Sun, 11 Jul 2004

Trusting Strangers to Abuse the Trust of Friends

There are many ways in which the C-NET article "For liars and loafers, cell phones offer an alibi" is interesting. But what struck me as truly amazing is that, in order to abuse the trust of friends and associates, people are trusting absolute strangers. My sense is that different kinds of trust are involved, but it's still a bit of a paradox... [via disinfo]

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Thu, 03 Jun 2004

Trusting Trust

Phillip Moffit's essay "In Trust We Trust" makes an interesting distinction between "transactional trust" and "innate trust":

Even when understood in its profoundest sense as character and community building, transactional trust itself does not lead to liberation. It does not bring ultimate clarity of mind and peacefulness of heart, although it is a necessary foundation for an inner sense of freedom. True transformation is only found in committing yourself to what may be termed "innate trust."
Innate trust is based on the understanding that if you live mindfully moment-to-moment and have the intention to act according to your values even in difficult or confusing situations, your life will unfold in the most harmonious manner possible.

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