The method is transparency. The goal is justice.

Another key point from the transcript:

Our initial idea — which never got implemented — our initial idea was that, look at all those people editing Wikipedia. Look at all the junk that they’re working on. Surely, if you give them a fresh classified document about the human rights atrocities in Falluja, that the rest of the world has not seen before, that, you know, that’s a secret document, surely all those people that are busy working on articles about history and mathematics and so on, and all those bloggers that are busy pontificating about the abuses in Iraq and Afghanistan and other countries and other human rights disasters, who are complaining that they can only respond to the NY Times, because they don’t have sources of their own, surely those people will step forward, given fresh source material and do something.

No. It’s all bullshit. It’s ALL bullshit. In fact, people write about things, in general (if it’s not part of their career) because they want to display their values to their peers, who are already in the same group. Actually, they don’t give a fuck about the material. That’s the reality.

Bloggers: What do you think?


  1. Anonymous December 17, 2010

    I’m curious as to what it is that you do, other than apparently copy-and-paste and add bold face emphasis. Where are your original thoughts?

  2. Anonymous December 18, 2010

    I stand corrected. Actually, I’m sitting corrected. In addition, I owe you an apology. I was in a bad mood and your blog caught me at the wrong time. That’s not an excuse because there isn’t any excuse for bad behavior. I’m simply providing you an explanation, albeit one that really doesn’t change my being a boor.

  3. Anna Tarkov December 18, 2010

    No worries, it happens to us all. Your apology (which is mostly unnecessary) is actually quite refreshing and honest. Thank you. I don’t mind tough, challenging comments. At least it means someone is reading :)

  4. Anonymous December 18, 2010

    Actually, you won me over when you had the clip of Harlan Ellison. I have been a fan of his for years and anyone who spreads Harlan’s word is one of the good guys. I just wish more people would know about him and where he’s coming from.

  5. Anna Tarkov December 18, 2010

    Yeah, he’s great. If you noticed, there were tons of comments on that post and I think a lot of them knew about him so maybe more people are Harlan fans than you think :) And if they didn’t, they did now :) See, that’s what I can do when I post just a snippet of something or a video. Yes, there might not be an original thought every day (I wish there could be!). But it could introduce someone who follows my posts to a new idea of a new person or a new perspective on an old problem. I view that as an important service that I provide. I’m a curator of sorts.

  6. Anonymous December 18, 2010

    Interesting approach.  I  guess my head has always been wrapped around the whole “Look at me, I’m blogging” mentality.  I didn’t actually think about those who are using their blogs to educate people.I’m sure that you know the kind of blogger that I’m talking about.  There are people online who are wasting bandwidth by producing drivel that isn’t even worthy of comment.  Now, the reason that I commented on yours is a certain fluxstorm of events all combined at the precise moment to where I found my fingers on the keyboard at the right moment, prompting me to comment on your blog.  For example, I hate people who seem to think the entire point of Twitter is to post when they’ve put up a blog — and when I check out the blog, it turns out to be a waste of time.  I’ve since restricted those I follow to people who know how to balance blogs with actual social interaction on the site.

  7. Anna Tarkov December 18, 2010

    I don’t think I’m the only one with this approach actually. Some people do curation via a blog, some via Twitter, some via other means. I’m not so egotistical as to think I’m really doing some serious educating here. But I’d like to think that I find interesting things and can explain why they’re important or why I think they matter. And yes, like many bloggers I DO have strong opinions and like to voice them, but I also love to hear the opinions of others.

    Absolutely, there’s a ton of drek on the Internet, in blog form and otherwise. I don’t think of it as a problem really. You just have to pick and choose, find the good stuff and stick with it.

    As for people posting links to their blog on Twitter, I guess that doesn’t much bother me either. It’s annoying if that’s ALL they post, but then I’m not going to follow them so I won’t see it. Use the technology to suit your needs, don’t let it use you :-)

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