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By Dave Winer on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 10:40 AM.

Simple thought.  #

People assume, incorrectly, that if you understand technical arcania, you can't understand other things.  #

So they only want to hear what you have to say about the tech stuff. #

People even say "Dave stick to tech." Which means "I can't think of any other way to respond to what you just said." To which I push my glasses down my nose and look over the top of them, right at you and tell you to fuck off. :-) #

I pride myself on being able to understand anything I need to understand. So I feel my opinions on things other than the web and math and programming, are just as well-developed as my ideas on technological issues. I've spent 56 years, so far, thinking about it all. Learning and asking questions, and keeping an open mind. #

Unfortunately, I've always had to overcome other peoples' assumptions. #

Same goes for age, gender and race. In theory, you don't get to sing the blues with soul if you're a middle-aged, white male. That's bogus!  #

As Ringo Starr (a middle-aged white male) once sang: You gotta pay your dues if you want to sing the blues. #

Heh. I think I've paid some dues.  #

Just sayin. #

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