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  •  I totally agree with this. (2+ / 0-)
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    Victor Ward, James Wells

    I almost didn't post my comment, b/c I didn't want to feed the despair demon.

    But it's vitally important that we look this problem--which is really a problem of infrastructure and strategy--in the face, not so we can despair, but so that we can come up with new strategies and ideas to change the balance of messaging power.

    I will see your Tolkien reference and raise you a Star Trek reference:

    You are looking the only Starfleet cadet who ever beat the no-win scenario.

    The Kobayashi Maru? That was Kirk being Kirk, and it wasn’t cheating. It’s important to understand how Kirk approached the test - he thought it was fundamentally unfair. To Kirk the Kobayashi Maru itself was cheating. He believed the idea of an unwinnable scenario to be ludicrous; as he saw the world, any problem could be overcome eventually with smarts and hard work. The equivalent here was being given a math test with the problem “2+2=?” and being told that "4" was the wrong answer.

    The test was the problem, and Kirk solved that problem. It’s never explicitly stated what Kirk changed when he hacked the program...but the gist of what we’re to understand is that Kirk didn’t hack theKobayashi Maru to win, but rather to make it winnable. When Saavik accuses Kirk of cheating, he replies “I changed the conditions of the test!”
    Here's the rest of the essay on Kirk's "cheating"

    Sure once I was young and impulsive, I wore every conceivable pin. Even went to socialist meetings, learned all the old union hymns. Ah, but I've grown older and wiser. And that's why I'm turning you in. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u52Oz-54VYw

    by SouthernLiberalinMD on Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 02:34:12 PM PST

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    •  BTW, I don't believe in the no-win situation (1+ / 0-)
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      either.

      Sure once I was young and impulsive, I wore every conceivable pin. Even went to socialist meetings, learned all the old union hymns. Ah, but I've grown older and wiser. And that's why I'm turning you in. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u52Oz-54VYw

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 02:40:22 PM PST

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