“War is Peace; Freedom is Slavery; Ignorance is Strength.” – George Orwell, 1984
Well, some people have actually clicked on the “About” page, so I guess I owe more than a largely unrelated quote from Orwell.
This “blog” is a testing ground; my meager contribution to the marketplace of ideas, made possible by the global network we call the Internet. Call me an idealist, but I believe the Internet can bring back much of the complexity and depth that was lost in the move to unidirectional mass media (radio and television), and back to public discussion and discourse that is the base of a true democracy.
I am not so naive to think that just writing about the world is enough to change it. But, thinking through problems is the first step to forming an opinion. Opinions become convictions. Convictions become modes of actions. Actions can change the world.
Right now, what we need is thought. A place where reason can compete with advertising and marketing. Too many people are wondering, what happened to our country? The answer is, we’ve been distracted. We’ve adopted mediums of communication that place incredible premiums on the amount of information that can be conveyed. We’ve been, as Dan Rather put it, “dumbed down and tarted up.”
I feel a need to change that, and the start is to offer an alternative, to change the marketplace of ideas, and help restore democracy in this country. I do this by reproducing the memes that I wish to pass on to the next generation of Americans and the world.
As such, at this time, I’m not providing any biographical information. I want the ideas to stand on their own, and not to taint them with any bias that biographical information is likely to add. It is a tactical decision, and I reserve the right to change policy in the future, but if the Internet is truly the new marketplace of ideas where every one of them is given equal weight regardless of the source, then remaining anonymous, or virtually so, is not harmful to my current goals.