Saturday, May 20, 2017

Oops

I thought once everybody could speak freely and exchange information and ideas, the world is automatically going to be a better place. I was wrong about that.

–Evan Williams, co-found of Twitter

2 comments:

G. Verloren said...

Nothing happens automatically, ever.

When farming was invented, hunger wasn't automatically solved. It turns out that even if you can suddenly grow enough food to feed everyone, humans are complicated and frequently selfish and immoral creatures who will allow or even force others to starve if it can somehow be profitable to them.

Potential is merely that - potential. Actual progress takes hard work, hard thought, and constant vigilance against the greedy and the wicked who will seek to use that potential for evil purposes.

Shadow Flutter said...

Naive, and I'm hesitant to believe him. Did he really think transmitting 140 characters at a time was equivalent to a "free exchange of information and ideas?"