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Links 1 through 5 of 5 by Simon Phipps tagged Essay

Important essay by Clay Shirky explains why complex systems must collapse, rather than adapt or simplify. He writes about Television but the lessons seem to me to be generally applicable.

"But there is one compensating advantage for the people who escape the old system: when the ecosystem stops rewarding complexity, it is the people who figure out how to work simply in the present, rather than the people who mastered the complexities of the past, who get to say what happens in the future."

Unless they convince people outside the system to prop them up somehow, that is. In that case those people become part of the complexity, part of the system, and when the collapse comes collapse with it. This is our collective fate if we allow our legislators to prop up the complex but obsolete business models of the past. It's why the Digital Economy Bill - and its inspiration, ACTA - are so toxic to society, way beyond the scope they appear to hold.

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Lovely, perceptive essay in the NYT that captures so many of the things that years of mixing culturally across the Atlantic teach.

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Excellent Schneier article observes and decries the trend towards officially-endorsed lynch-mob mentalities. The worst of it all is the failure to say sorry (event to the extent of prosecuting the innocent "for causing an incident").

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Paul Graham discusses life-clutter. The sort of focussed and sensible article Paul is famous for.

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A visit to Google makes George Dyson wonder if we are seeing the epochal creation of an AI.

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