Archive for December, 2010

Now, Know: so what?

December 3, 2010

I am trying to figure out what the Wikileaks stand for:

  • W hat (an)
  • I rony!
  • K nowing (from)
  • I nside…
  • L ying (to)
  • E veryone…
  • A ttention (please):
  • K nowledge (for)
  • S ale!!!!

I just read an interesting article by Frank Furedi in which he argues that the revelations refer more to voyeurism rather than journalism. He states among others:

“…The only purpose of the leaks is to embarrass and to sow confusion. Superficially, the claim that the public has ‘a right to know’ sounds like an affirmation of the democratic ethos. But what does ‘the right to know’ mean? There is nothing enlightened or democratic about exposing informal deliberations between officials to public scrutiny. Most diplomatic exchanges involve the expression of provisional or incomplete opinions, rather than hard facts. The public does not have an intrinsic right to know how people find and assess and interpret information...”

What is the ‘right to know’? To know what? The ‘known’ or the ‘unknown’?. And what can make a difference? To know or to act on the basis of the knowledge? Knowledge requires action, otherwise it becomes sterilised, boring, pointless….But, in the political world, ‘discovering’ does not always mean ‘knowing’ what is going on, and ‘knowing’ does not necessarily lead to deliberation and reasoned debate.

Re Wikileaks, knowledge becomes dramatic exactly because it reaffirms the already existing assumption….the ‘possible’, the ‘might be’. It is not so dramatic after all, it just feeds our deep interest to find out how a well dressed man/woman looks when naked…(but we have already used our imagination…).


Path vs Facebook?

December 2, 2010

Tired of Facebook? Unable to handle a great amount of ‘friends’ and to systematically interact with them? Path is probably the solution! This is a new social media platform also available at Apple store.

According to the Path’s blog: “Path is the personal network.  A place to be yourself and share life with close friends and family…..Path allows you to capture your life’s most personal moments and share them with the 50 close friends and family in your life who matter most.Because your personal network is limited to your 50 closest friends and family, you can always trust that you can post any moment, no matter how personal. Path is a place where you can be yourself.”

Is Path supposed to offer a new ‘path’ to social networking by being more anti-social? Or, exactly because it limits the interaction among max 50 people is likely to emerge as a more pragmatic, meta-social forum? I am sure I will tell more after ‘tasting’ it!