This is an important point of humility that "visionaries" and "revolutionaries" conveniently forget, leaving the rest of us to pick up the pieces. Pragmatic thinking about the whole of history, instead of just the recent changes, places society, individual life, business, investments, all of it, on a much firmer foundation.
Slazinger claims to have learned from history that most people cannot open their minds to new ideas unless a mind-opening team with a peculiar membership goes to work on them. Otherwise, life will go on exactly as before, no matter how painful, unrealistic, unjust, ludicrous, or downright dumb that life may be.
The team must consist of three sorts of specialists, he says. Otherwise, the revolution, whether in politics or the arts of the sciences or whatever, is sure to fail.
I'll let you read the rest on Matt's site. Tom subsequently writes on how Malcolm Gladwell rediscovered pretty much the same idea.
The best description of the LiveJournal community I've come across yet, from a student in Henry Jenkins' class. If you're really curious also check out Everything2's writeups. There's recently been discussion of LJ in this blog's vicinity; a good starting point is Ross Mayfield's blog, e.g. here. I wonder if they have referer rankings? Can they see us linking to them?
I find Technorati even more useful given this handy bookmarklet I found on Teledyn. Here's how it works. Bookmark this link (In Internet Explorer 6, just drag and drop it on your "links" bar). Then click the new bookmark while reading some page to get a pop-up window of what other blogs are saying about the site you're viewing. What do you think?  links to this post 12:16:01 AM
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