To Wave or Not to Wave

An ancient Chinese proverb says that people who keep domestic peace and don’t make waves will be rich and prosperous.

The proverb is true most of the time and is usually misunderstood.

Life has its “no wake zones”. If you follow that rule, yes, things will go well with you.

But different people have different motives in regard to “no wake” policy. Do you avoid making waves because you know it is wise? Or are you one who dislikes wave makers because you don’t like your boat being rocked? How you answer could make all the difference in your floating world.

About once every three generations a tsunami “wave” sweeps through a culture, turning everything upside down. In such times, those who don’t like waves, typically, loose everything, while those who always make waves may advance—for a time. But, the people who selectively make waves—only on rare occasions—but also who don’t hate waves—they will always be ahead in any wave or tsunami scenario.  · · · →

Big Blogging Brother

Yes, it’s coming! Newspapers will want bloggers to “obey” the rules of the road. I finally read about this at the New York Times. Here’s the issue in a nutshell as I explained it to Congressman Dave Camp:

An issue is stirring among the blogosphere and Newspapers about intellectual property and plagiary. Newspapers are thinking about getting organized to bring standards that bloggers may need to comply with. There are MANY sides to this discussion.

Here is a hypothetical story:

John Doe has a simple website and wants people to read it. So, he sees an article at the Chicago Tribune website. It’s about the same topic his website fans are interested in. He copies and pastes article into his own website, so it looks like his work, but it’s not. He doesn’t see anything wrong with this and the Chicago Tribune may not be entirely angry.

Because Chicago Tribune readers read the paper newspaper at home, not so much online, JohnDoe.com’s copied article gets more Internet readers because he’s a popular guy among bloggers.

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Spineless, Brainless, and Feckless

..was their decision to cut advertising from Limbaugh. This is seen in stock values and avid attempts to return.

Businesses should take feedback—from CUSTOMERS. But these companies listened to the wrong crowd—failing to distinguish “business customers” from “cultural-ideological opponents”.

Instead of minding their own businesses, they let themselves get upset by routine media theatrics—which Rush has become callous to over the decades.

Credibility rule number one: Know when you are out of the league of your profession.

Rush Limbaugh and Larry King are experienced pioneers in “responsible” radio journalism. Carbonite is not and they shouldn’t have pretended to be—they should have stuck to backups. When Limbaugh was wrong, he admitted it. Carbonite should admit that they don’t know journalism—that would be “responsible” of them. Until then, I’m glad I chose Mozy.  · · · →