Thursday, September 13, 2012
Software developer Reginald Braithwaite writes a thought-provoking and surprisingly optimistic post about Internet
discussions, taking a rather depressing-sounding debate -- about therapy for
depression (!) -- as his point of departure.
And that's really my response to people reading these comments and arguments on the Internet: Read the original books and material for yourselves.Braithwaite shows genuine insight into a matter that has always amazed me and has, especially over the past few years, given me pause about the usefulness of the Internet as a means of promoting good ideas. On one level, his insight is a reminder that, in a war of ideas, it is not the loudest or most vocal or most numerous (apparently or not) who really count, but the sincere, and often silent ones, who think, carefully, for themselves.
I am especially leery of reading anything by people who are certain it works or are certain it's bunk. Any time nerds start discussing hiring on the Internet, we revisit the subject that sometimes the most confident people are the ones who don't know what they don't know.
But that is hardly the only lesson one can glean from this thoughtful and sincere piece. Read the whole thing.