Political language -- and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists -- is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever.
But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.
Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious.
Whatever is funny is subversive, every joke is ultimately a custard pie... a dirty joke is a sort of mental rebellion.
In our age there is no such thing as 'keeping out of politics.' All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.
All political thinking for years past has been vitiated in the same way. People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome.
At fifty everyone has the face he deserves.
Most people get a fair amount of fun out of their lives, but on balance life is suffering, and only the very young or the very foolish imagine otherwise.
John Stuart Mill
Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives.
The amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor, and moral courage it contained. That so few now dare to be eccentric marks the chief danger of the time.
The general tendency of things throughout the world is to render mediocrity the ascendant power among mankind.
Whatever crushes individuality is despotism, by whatever name it may be called and whether it professes to be enforcing the will of God or the injunctions of men.
A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.
Don't let schooling interfere with your education.
All generalizations are false, including this one.
A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.
Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.
Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.
The Public is merely a multiplied "me."
Only kings, presidents, editors, and people with tapeworms have the right to use the editorial "we."
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
Only one thing is impossible for God: To find any sense in any copyright law on the planet.
Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.
The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.
Don't talk to me about naval tradition. It's nothing but rum, sodomy and the lash.
Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room.
Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.
However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.
In war as in life, it is often necessary when some cherished scheme has failed, to take up the best alternative open, and if so, it is folly not to work for it with all your might.
Otto Von Bismarck
When you want to fool the world, tell the truth.
I have seen three emperors in their nakedness, and the sight was not inspiring.
Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.
Be polite; write diplomatically ;even in a declaration of war one observes the rules of politeness.
A witty saying proves nothing.
If God created us in his own image, we have more than reciprocated.
When he to whom one speaks does not understand, and he who speaks himself does not understand, that is metaphysics.
I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: "O Lord make my enemies ridiculous." And God granted it.
To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well-mannered.
Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.
It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.
The best way to be boring is to leave nothing out.
Philosophy stands in the same relation to the study of the actual world as masturbation to sexual love.
All I know is I'm not a Marxist.
The writer may very well serve a movement of history as its mouthpiece, but he cannot of course create it.
Wednesday, August 04, 2004
Ideas on the Future Mutations of the GoMeme
GoMeme 2.0 faces an uphill battle; I predict that it's spread will be less rapid and widespread than its previous versions. The vast majority of its propagators are likely to have neither participated nor have been aware of the last experiment.
The chief vector for GoMeme will be Minding the Planet. Unfortunately, the readership of Minding the Planet has already been exposed and thus has developed an immunity to as many as four separate strains of GoMeme. However, it may be possible to mutate GoMeme into new versions that would not recognized by the blogosphere's increased immunity. However, doing so will require attention to the distinctiveness and invariance of GoMeme:
distinctiveness: In order for GoMeme to become "hot", it will have to fully contrast with previous strains. Otherwise, it will likely by filtered out by people scanning the site. Also, GoMeme is probably suffering from its similarity to chain letters. I have some suggestions on how to counter the problem further down the post.
invariance: This consideration is more interesting: if GoMeme could be manufactured to self-adapt to different enviroments, than it could possibily spread indefinatly. This suggestion may not be appropriate yet, (I'm not sure what you hope to see from the data). However, it would be interesting to 'wikify' GoMeme. In other words, GoMeme would maintain a DNA (A brief statement of purpose, the survey, the blogroll, a history of changes, and the proper tracking codes). However, its hook would be adaptable and user-alterable; like a virus, it would have an outer-shell which could help it in new environments. It would be particularaly interesting to see how different bloggers adapted it to their parts of the web. Anyhow, I'm getting ahead of myself. How a wiki-meme would work is well beyond this post.
Now, if there is a next generation of Go-meme, I think the following strategies might prove interesting:
1. Instead of coating the outer shell with curious experimentation, why not coat it with a call to revolution? Again, for lack of a better word, it could also be called a meme-mob or link-mob. The purpose of the meme-mob would be something along the lines of securing better indexing for participating blogs, "bloggers uniting in solidarity", or "overturning the old-order one, four, or even twenty four links at a time". I'd recommend a message that was similar to the one you posted about "hot spot blogs"; helping out the little guy and so forth. An end vision never hurt a meme.
2. It also would be interesting if gomeme 3.0 was initially introduced in multiple locations with pre-existing hot links to those who participated. Say, you signed up 15 bloggers who inhabit disconnected areas of the blogosphere, and made a pre-existing agreement that they release GoMeme at 9PM Pacific time. At the same time 15 hotlinks to those bloggers would already appear on each version, thus creating the illusion that the meme is already wildly successful, which in turn would mean more people would latch on. Anyhow, just some brief thoughts on the edge of the unknown. GoMeme 2.0 is still young.
"Netpolitik is a new style of diplomacy that seeks to exploit the powerful capabilities of the Internet to shape politics, culture, values, and personal identity. But unlike Realpolitik — which seeks to advance a nation’s political interests through amoral coercion — Netpolitik traffics in “softer” issues such as moral legitimacy, culturalidentity, societal values, and public perception." - The Rise of Netpolitik
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