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Got to agree with afew.

One of your best.

Shouldn't have read that before Thanksgiving dinner.

But your analysis sure nailed it.

"When the abyss stares at me, it wets its pants." Brian Hopkins

by EricC on Thu Nov 22nd, 2007 at 12:08:55 PM EST
Yeah, it's most excellent.

Should be turned into a vitriol-dripping LTE.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.

by Starvid on Thu Nov 22nd, 2007 at 12:27:54 PM EST
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Seconded.

Rien n'est gratuit en ce bas monde. Tout s'expie, le bien comme le mal, se paie tot ou tard. Le bien c'est beaucoup plus cher, forcement. Celine
by UnEstranAvecVueSurMer (holopherne ahem gmail) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2007 at 12:36:16 PM EST
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Considering Jérôme has already had an op-ed published in the FT (though not in the UK print edition, apparently) I think he could shoot higher than an LTE.

We have met the enemy, and he is us — Pogo
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2007 at 12:56:12 PM EST
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Why did I not know that...

Rien n'est gratuit en ce bas monde. Tout s'expie, le bien comme le mal, se paie tot ou tard. Le bien c'est beaucoup plus cher, forcement. Celine
by UnEstranAvecVueSurMer (holopherne ahem gmail) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2007 at 01:19:42 PM EST
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Absolutely! This type of analysis, although here reactive, deserves a much wider audience. What is needed is some proactive media connections for the dissemination of a cogently argued worldview.

I still believe that an edited book of ET discussions on a wide variety of subjects would be useful. It could be a hyperlinked pdf book or a real book or magazine.

The point is this: the purpose of editing is to customise content for a particular audience. ie to ensure that content is provided in a form suitable for the people who it is intended to affect. There are not so many who are prepared or equipped to read acres of nuanced comment as we do here. (knowing that insights are present, but that they require work on the part of the reader to bring into tactile form).

There is much to be said for getting exposure in the 'niche' fora (like the FT eg) - but the real prize is to make complex issues understandable to a wider audience - and activate them. This is the most difficult part IMO.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Thu Nov 22nd, 2007 at 01:20:48 PM EST
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There has to be a market for a book like that.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2007 at 01:27:48 PM EST
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The post-Utopian view is fine. But I am trying to think of methods where one is not preaching to the converted.

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Thu Nov 22nd, 2007 at 02:45:41 PM EST
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How would you market a book like that to people who should read it?  

Find an Intelectual celebrity and have them pictured reading it on holiday (or one who wants to appear as intelectual)?

(The first sentance is serious, the second not so)

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2007 at 03:05:09 PM EST
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Or a movie. Gordon Gekko had some influence on people's understanding of greed in the late 80s ;-)

As to how, I don't know. I do believe that there is a slow cumulative effect going on (as always) which will one day lead to a tipping point. The question is: can we do anything to accelerate toward that destinaton?

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Fri Nov 23rd, 2007 at 02:37:48 AM EST
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I think there is some value for ET in preaching to a wider audience of "the converted" though. It could help deepen the pool of the community here.
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2007 at 03:45:36 PM EST
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You do it by appealing to the mythos side of the mind.

Set a Episodic series, a la The West Wing or Twin Peaks, in 'ETopia' demonstrating the very real problems, successes, inter-personal foo-foo, external conflicts, & etc and how the community deals with them, or fails to deal with them.  Perhaps intermixing "Reality footage" with the "Fictional footage?"  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Fri Nov 23rd, 2007 at 11:48:25 AM EST
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Thinking about it some more.

I freely admit I know very little about the actuality of show business but it seems to me the primary 'hump' a mass media show needs to get over is audience identification and emotional involvement with the characters.

So ...

Perhaps Northern Exposure's sense of life, sitz im leben, would be a better paradigm?

And, taking off from something ceeb suggested, as a tie-in create a Second Life virtual reality that viewers could join (for a fee?) so they could interact with the show?

You could set it in New Mexico and star a grumpy applied epistemologist.   :-0

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Fri Nov 23rd, 2007 at 12:04:20 PM EST
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