Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Useful Education, Information, Communications

The worst thing about reading the newspapers and especially the editorials, is that it is an insult to most intelligent people -- and so THAT segment of their readership is the first to migrate on to “smart” media -- which of course, dooms the prospects for any recovery and revitalization of an older culture and institutional hierarchy.

The secret to competition is to recruit the talent to your side -- and not to demand that nobody can be better than their present top guys. That’s why organizations fail; they suffocate themselves by shutting themselves off from the talent that would be their salvation -- circle their wagons, and roll themselves into fetal positions to deny the impending realities. They always hire down, rather than up; nobody can be smarter than their immediate supervisor.

Meanwhile, excellent leaders and growing movements are not afraid to recruit competent people to their cause -- as equals rather subordinates.

Now the Mayor is warning that if we build the rail transit system, it will cost untold billions -- but if we don’t build the rail transit system, it will cost almost as much. That would be the “do-nothing” plan they already have in the works.

Maybe they could spend those billions educating and informing the people to ride the present bus system (mass transit) and to car/van pool, along with developing a state-of-the-art information/communications network that will facilitate that orientation and purpose. Obviously, better education, information and communications are key to the better societies of the future -- and not more underutilized and misused physical plant.

That is a very 20th century vision of what was needed -- more physical plant, more capacity -- rather than how it is used.

A second theme in today’s editorials is the Democrats resurrection of the gas cap distraction from the realization that gas prices go down when people use less -- and not when government forces down prices so irresponsible consumers can burn all they want. These are the kinds of readers that only the newspapers have now -- so that their editors can still crow that they are the smartest people in town; they shrink the intelligence pool so that no credible ideas can ever see the light of day.

That’s why it is imperative to build a vastly superior modern education/information/communications infrastructure rather than throwing more money at perpetuating these inefficient hierarchies that cannot solve the problems because they don’t have these integrated purpose and approach. Each narrow self-interest undermines all the others -- to achieve their own supremacy and dominance, which is even a 19th century mentality and outlook.

A fragmented, partial, partisan advocacy is not going to bring about the kind of society that serves all, as equals, co-creating the reality -- rather than just being forced to accept the ultimatums of the powers that be who wish to remain so until they die.

5 Comments:

At October 31, 2006 4:55 AM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

When we do have a better flow of information rather than the suppression of good ideas, we’ll naturally see better ideas, instead of just the most expensive ones government/union leaders can think of.

Obviously, transportation goes the same way computers did -- from massive, centralized, costly systems to miniature, portable, highly-personalized, transistorized solutions -- in which the minimum is transported, rather than the maximum. Do we really need to transport a ton of material every time we want to commune with nature?

Maybe Cynthia Thielen has a few good ideas on the subject; maybe even Dan Akaka does. Something other than, “We need more money.”

 
At October 31, 2006 4:58 AM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

And of course Mazie Hirono's solution is, "It's President Bush's fault."

 
At October 31, 2006 5:20 AM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

The truth of the matter is that the entire newspaper has become an editorial -- rather than any objective reporting of the news -- because all those reporters hoping to be editor, have to wait until somebody dies so they can move up, so how else can they hone their editorial skills except by editorializing the news?

 
At October 31, 2006 5:30 AM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

The hierarchic mentality is the problem of all those institutions under stress from the challenge of more egalitarian structures formed in more modern times.

All the energies of the former are going to preserve the hierarchies (status quo) rather than addressing the problems they were initially created to address.

Public education was created as a response to nearly universal illiteracy; now when literacy is nearly universal, they have to manufacture ignorance in some way to justify their continued existence -- rather than giving way to the new challenges of these times, and their solutions.

They can't evolve to the next level -- and so have to perish. Time waits for nobody.

 
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