Re: Structure vs Substance?

Subject: Re: Structure vs Substance?
From: Dan Emory <danemory -at- primenet -dot- com>
To: intrepid_es -at- yahoo -dot- com, TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 11 Jun 2000 20:36:04 -0700

At 10:31 PM 6/10/00 -0700, Andrew Plato wrote:

And it doesn't matter that you, a single individual, doesn't like this. When
it comes to standards, the majority rules and the minority can go die in a
corner. The New Economy embraces the power of the market and networking.

Read Kevin Kelley's "Rules for the New Economy". Here's the link:

This article changed my entire attitude about tech writing and the high-tech
industry. I won't recite the entire article, but it shows how the new economy
is not about rigid standards and control - but fluid, open, dynamic
environments that are allowed to gravitate to centers of structure and order.
Windows has value not because of some meaningless objective measure of its
capability, but because it has the largest install base. And there is no reason
to change this, because more money can be made from leveraging such standards
and building the next standard.
I read Kelley's article. How can anyone be taken in by that Utopian crap. Kelley is
employed as executive editor of Wired--hardly an unbiased publication. Their
livelihood relies on attracting true believers who really believe the world will
soon revolve around the internet.

The essence of Economics is statistical analysis. There is none in Kelley's
article. If Kelley presented his article to a roomful of real economists,
he'd be laughed out of the building.

Kelley's article was written in 1997. Already some of his premises are
proving to be as squishy as the factual basis for his conclusions. It
is laughable that anyone's world view would be materially altered by
reading his article.
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