Thanking the Longbeards

David Weinberger is, like me, a coauthor of The Cluetrain Manifesto. Unlike me, a fellow philosophy major, he has a PhD in the field. He is also a regular commentator on National Public Radio, and author of the witty and learned Journal of the Hyperlinked Organization, or JOHO (www.hyperorg.com). What follows is lifted from a May edition of JOHO. I thought it was too right-on not to share with our
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Doc Searls is Senior Editor of Linux Journal

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the long beards built a system with no built--in checks on the data being carried. Value free? Ask China or the Taliban or orthodox Jews or many Christian communities, all of whom see value in protecting their communities from "assault" by temptations and other bad influences.

I am an Orthodox Jew and I feel, I think justifiably, offended at your lumping me in with communist China and the Taliban. I certainly am not in favor of censoring the internet for anyone else, and am myself one of the "longbeard" (literally) internet engineers your piece speaks of. I, and my community, value intellectual pursuit for it's own sake; one reason why many scientists are Jewish. (Though of course many are also the Anglo-Saxon longbeards of your piece, as well as Indian, Chinese, and other groups either ignored or maligned in this article.)

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