Dave Winer, 56, is a visiting scholar at NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and editor of the Scripting News weblog. He pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in New York City.
"The protoblogger." - NY Times.
"The father of modern-day content distribution." - PC World.
"Dave was in a hurry. He had big ideas." -- Harvard.
"Dave Winer is one of the most important figures in the evolution of online media." -- Nieman Journalism Lab.
10 inventors of Internet technologies you may not have heard of. -- Royal Pingdom.
One of BusinessWeek's 25 Most Influential People on the Web.
"Helped popularize blogging, podcasting and RSS." - Time.
"The father of blogging and RSS." - BBC.
"RSS was born in 1997 out of the confluence of Dave Winer's 'Really Simple Syndication' technology, used to push out blog updates, and Netscape's 'Rich Site Summary', which allowed users to create custom Netscape home pages with regularly updated data flows." - Tim O'Reilly.
8/2/11: Who I Am.
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FYI: You're soaking in it. :-)
Election Day is November 8.
22 days from now.
Perhaps now is a good time to practice getting people to the polls over all the obstacles governors and state legislatures have put in their way.
Mike Huckabee said yesterday: "Just make sure that they don't go vote. Let the air out of their tires on election day. Tell them the election has been moved to a different date. That's up to you how you creatively get the job done."
I guess he thought that was funny. I don't. I think the vote is sacred. I don't care who you vote for, but the thought that one American would even think to deprive another American of their vote, is well un-American, in the extreme.
Helping people get to vote is a very powerful way to flex political muscles in a totally legal way. And prove that there is no specific agenda for the #OWS movement. Help all kinds of voters get to the polls. If a member of the ruling class needs help, we'll help. Anyone means anyone.
There's a pulse to this thing. I get that now. We have a really big election coming up in 2012, but the one this November is important too.
Will the occupation in the center of all cities be like the shopping malls of suburbia, except instead of shopping for makeup or sneakers, you'll shop for new politics?
New businesses will sprout up with services for people spending the night at the occupation. You could already see this at Zuccotti. The portable food vendors are there. You can get a nice lamb over rice. What other services will pop up? (Porta-potty vending? Meeting centers?)
What other services will pop up?
Porta-potty vending? Meeting centers?
And maybe special facilities for General Assemblies.
Is there any science fiction that anticipates occupations?
When I was a kid, and definitely under 30, the hippies had a slogan that you shouldn't trust anyone over 30. This was called the generation gap. Maybe some historian or sociologist can explain it. I just remember people saying it and not understanding.
I could think of specific people over 30 that you coudn't trust. People I had seen betray young people because they were young and couldn't defend themselves. When you're a kid you're tuned into this. I guess the question is what do you plan to do about it when you become an adult. Will you be better, or will you seek revenge? Or just forget about it.
And here we are again.
I've been watching the Occupy Wall Street movement. I've even developed tools that make it possible to watch it more closely, and I do see a little bit of this kind of thinking. I'm concerned how solid the line is, and if there's an opportunity for resolution.
What it sounds like. We're the 99 percent and they're the 1 percent. We're angry with what the 1 percent has been doing. If it stopped there, it would be okay, but it might not stop there.
But first, let's take a look at what they're reacting to.
Here's a quote from a NY Times article with interviews with Wall Street bankers about the OWS movement.
He added that he was disappointed that members of Congress from New York, especially Senator Charles E. Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, had not come out swinging for an industry that donates heavily to their campaigns. 'They need to understand who their constituency is,' he said.
Breath-taking. That person needs to be revolted against. Seriously. (And the article has lots of quotes like that, this one is just the most egregious.)
But does that mean that all people who are in the top 1 percent think like that? Obviously, not. And in the 60s there were people over 30 who marched with the kids. Many problems with blanket statements like "Don't trust anyone over 30." Unfair. And they also make victory impossible. To get resolution you have to make it so that being over 30 isn't a problem for those under 30. And that 1 percenters don't make it impossible for the 99 percent to have good lives.
What if, instead, a collection of 1-percenters said: "We hear you. We understand that the political system has been perverted by money. The evidence is everywhere. We need reform. Can we put our minds together and try to come up with a way out of this mess?"
If that happened would there be a way to proceed?
I find it's always a good idea to try to visualize the conclusion of your campaign. What would victory look like? And if you get close would you be willing to compromise? These are good questions to ask when a conflict is young, because later there will be too many wounds to just declare peace and get on with it.
PPS: Also highly recommended, Mark Cuban has several specific ideas that sound right on to me.