One has to wonder whether humanity is capable of making a better world with technology. This is a central theme in many arenas, from government policy and online conversations to Hollywood movies (even kids movies like Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 take this on) and science fiction books. Some voices are very optimistic, beliveing we can change everything for the better with technology. Others feel it’s the devil’s work, arming bad people with tools for destruction. And others argue it’s not the tools, rather what people do with them. I tend to lean more towards the middle with a slightly negative view. Kim Stanley Robinson makes a powerful argument in his ecothriller/space opera 2312 that we generally build […]
A few weeks ago, I blogged about needing to make ideas more palatable. Well, this afternoon I have an opportunity to strut my stuff at TEDxPeachtree. I’ll be speaking about how we don’t need heroes, and that anyone can use influence to affect societal change (you can watch via livestream at 3:05 this afternoon). I have been preparing this speech for months now. With good reason… More than 5000 people are expected to watch the event in person and via livestream. LiveYourTalk Founder and Speaking Coach Jill Foster has been working with me to maximize this opportunity.
Image via Flickr “The ignorance, prejudices, and groupthink of an educated elite are still ignorance, prejudice and groupthink,” Thomas Sowell Thomas Sowell’s Intellectuals and Society goes into great detail about the flaws intellectuals bring to bear upon society with their influence. Some of the behavior of A-Listers matches those of intellectuals, historically. First, let’s use Sowell’s definition of intellectual, an occupational category — writers, academics and the like — whose works begin and end with ideas. Clearly this description matches bloggers who make their living based off their writing, via consulting, speaking and other services. You might not like what they have to say, but you can’t deny the influence of A-List bloggers.