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But there may, temporarily, be confusion in the ranks until common wisdom coalesces on some new kind of silliness.

I don't think that, this time, they can put Humpty Dumpty back together again.....

"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed" William Gibson

by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Mon Feb 25th, 2008 at 05:24:49 PM EST
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But it's not like they've ever tried to put Humpty Dumpty back together again. They just lie about the fact that he's broken. The question is thus whether it will now be so crushingly obvious that he's broken that they can't deny it anymore? I would not assume that from the outset.

And even if they can no longer (credibly) claim that there is no problem, they can still claim that competition is magic and will automatically solve the problem that doesn't exist, or they can try to sow doubt and spread confusion. In other words, even if the first hand of denialist cards no longer plays well, they still have some three or four hands to go, where they can pull off a victory or at least delay their defeat.

This is not the beginning of the end. At most, it is the end of the beginning.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Mon Feb 25th, 2008 at 06:00:49 PM EST
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JakeS:
The question is thus whether it will now be so crushingly obvious that he's broken that they can't deny it anymore? I would not assume that from the outset.

Well, I think it's possible that an alternative emerges - it is emerging, I believe - that is so gobsmackingly obvious we won't believe that we ever did it any other way.

As the designer Naoto Fukasawa puts it:

"My motivation is to find the simple answer that everybody knows, but which doesn't yet exist..."

"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed" William Gibson

by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Mon Feb 25th, 2008 at 07:29:53 PM EST
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