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Technical Demo turns political 2/26/1909 (was Re: Time for a muzzle)
Geniuses at Play, on the Job
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Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2009 13:45:05 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Technical Demo turns political 2/26/1909 (was Re: Time for a muzzle)
On Feb 23, 1:29 am, Monty Solomon <mo...@roscom.com> wrote:
> Time for a muzzle
> The online world of lies and rumor grows ever more vicious. Is it
> time to rethink free speech?
The New York Times reported that a technical demonstration of wireless
communication at Bernard College in New York City. The demo turned
into a political tirade as speakers used the instrument to clamor for
Note the date--1909, 100 years ago today.
Obviously, some things never change. But from this we can recall that
arguments about free speech coupled with technology advancements are
not at all new. This was a question when radio came on the scene. In
the 1930s, many demogogues worldwide utilized radio for their
propaganda, much of it was helpful. But at the same time, Franklin
Roosevelt, with his excellent speaking voice, used radio to calm the
fears of an anxious nation. FDR's precedessor, Herbert Hoover, was a
terrible "spin doctor" and communicated very poorly to the public,
hurting his reputation and the Depression economic recovery. (Hoover
instituted some recovery programs, such as construction of the Hoover
Dam, a vast public works project that employed thousands, and the
Reconstruction Finance Corporation which helped banks and railroads
stay in business, but his contributions are forgotten and today most
people mistakenly credit those programs to FDR.)
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2009 00:33:55 -0500
From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Geniuses at Play, on the Job
State of the Art
Geniuses at Play, on the Job
By DAVID POGUE
The New York Times
February 26, 2009
Unless you're just off the shuttle from Alpha Centauri, you're
already aware of the product that made Google famous: its Search box.
It's become the card catalog for the Internet (and a whopping
moneymaker for Google).
But any time you cram some 20,000 of the world's smartest people into
one company, you can expect to grow a garden of unrelated ideas.
Especially when you give some of those geniuses one workday a week -
Google's famous "20 percent time"- to work on whatever projects fan
their passions. And especially when you create Google Labs
(labs.google.com), a Web site where the public can kick the tires on
half-baked Google creations. Some Labs projects go on to become real
Google services, and others are quietly snuffed out.
Such innovations - and a number of smart acquisitions - have led to
hits like Google Earth, Gmail, Picasa, Google Docs, Blogger, YouTube,
Google Calendar and others.
But they have also cultivated a vast jungle of lesser-known features.
Unfortunately, it's so vast, you'd need a professional tour guide to
help you find the gems.
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