Sun 04 Nov 2012 07:13:43 AM PST
Sunday links: disruption and trolling
Paul Carr: Travis
Shrugged: The creepy, dangerous ideology behind
Silicon Valley’s Cult of Disruption.
actually embarrassed that it took me until then
to make the connection, particularly given I used
to host the startup competition at a technology
conference called “TechCrunch Disrupt.” The
original Silicon Valley meaning of a disruptive
company was one that used its small size to shake up a
bigger industry or bloated competitor. Increasingly,
though, the conference stage was filled with brash,
Millennial entrepreneurs vowing to “Disrupt”
real-world laws and regulations in the same
way that me stealing your dog is Disrupting
the idea of pet ownership. Bonus link: followup.
(Problem with the economy is that
it's like the MMORPG in "The Noob"...some
of us are roleplaying, some are
playing to win, and some are just griefing. Liberalism
gives us freedom from cloying moral relationships,
but some people don't get how to opt out and roleplay
as Homo economicus or "disruptive" griefer.)
Reginald Braithwaite says Programming is a Pop Culture. Meanwhile, Joey Hess writes Haskell code on a tiny netbook screen, and uses dialup.
Jeff Sparrow on industrialized warfare: Sinister Automatons.
Why the legal term "intellectual property" is misleading: Intellectual 'property' can be infringed, but not stolen
Bonus links from the Reddit troll watch department: What an Academic Who Wrote Her Dissertation on Trolls Thinks of Violentacrez (via The New Inquiry - Zunguzungu, ReadWrite, Cyborgology, and Freedom to Tinker). Also The troll's privilege