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On Purpose

What is the purpose of my blogging? I will not lie. I don't do it "just for myself". In fact I do. I want to influence the developments and changes that are currently going on in the tech industry, as well as in the larger culture. The former is a key to the latter.

I blog for myself. That doesn't mean I don't care who reads. I do. Blogging for yourself doesn't mean that you don't care how others react. In fact, it's important to know how others react. It's a good yardstick.

I point to things I'm interested in, so you can read them. I say what I want to say, so you can read it. And hopefully, so that you can take on board what is being said, munch it over and broaden your mind as to how things are going.

One of the things that's important is the continued relevance of old ideas. Philosophers, faced with postmodernism, deconstructionism, cultural relativism, anti-intellectualism and much more, look back to Plato and Aristotle. Old ideas are still important.

We need to keep those old ideas alive. In technology, we have been too quick to move on and develop new formats and new ideas without exhausting the useful features of our current technologies. When we throw out the technologies we have currently got, we throw out a wealth of good ideas built in to them.

That is the technical purpose - to encourage, to kickstart and to remind people of old ideas.

There is another purpose. A more important purpose. A moral purpose. When we rebuke the corrupt and facetious immorality of our elected so-called leaders, we are told to get off our high horses. Our words must not ring hollow. Real morality is not on trifles, the so-called moral issues: pornography and sex, violent video games and profanity. That is a moral sideshow compared to real morality.

Real morality, real moral conscience sends a shiver up one's spine. Real morality is something that requires courage, not V-chips. Real morality requires backbone, not wedding rings and parent-teacher associatons. Real morality is complex, it deals with historically contingent characters. If you can read a political newspaper article without wretching, you have lost your decency.

We need to take back morality, take the ball away from politicians who kick it around for their own, self-serving ends.

I write seriously of purpose, because the purpose is serious. Technology matters to me. My life is invested with technology. There are writers who describe the technological life as ultimately nihilistic and life-denying. Baloney. Technology is not our saviour - only a real moral compass can help us, not the morality as light entertainment compass that theology and popular culture have sold us. Technology aids us in the use of our moral principles.

If this is a serious mission, then the methods are entertaining. I will mock religion, giggle at self-professed holy men (I've got lots of time for messiahs - they're deluded, but at least they're fun. Their followers are the problem).

What we must do is clear the ground, clear away Britney Spears and K-Fed and Tom Cruise. Then we can start building a society comprised of intelligent individuals, who use good technology to think, and to cry freedom from every mountain top in the nation (as MLK said in a morally spine-chilling speech that you may have heard of: "I have a dream").

I want to tear down the RIAA, the MPAA, most of the newspaper industry, most of the government, most of Hollywood, television, established religion and it's silly servants. These institutions have held the intellect back, denied the intelligence of individuals.

Blogs are not just the First Amendment in code. They've got to become an intellectual Second Amendment. I leave that to you to interpret.

MotionBox looks cool, simply for the reason that it's not YouTube, which is annoying the hell out of me. Partly due to it's emo audience, partly due to it's super slow speeds and partly due to them preventing people from uploading videos that are bigger than ten megs.

Gervase Markham: "I have come to believe that my cancer was designed specifically for me by God, and to thank him for it". Read it - I'm sorry, Gerv, but it sounds like special pleading and fitting the facts in retrospectively. Job really provides a get out clause for God's supposed wrongdoing.