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June 24, 2006



I am using the asymmetrical argument in the same way that Clayton Christensen does in the Innovator's Dilemna/Solution. I think it is perfectly reasonable to look across the learning marketplace for possible mismatches that could result is whole series of new competitive vectors.

Of course asymmetric warfare - which I mention in the post - is probably the most prevalent use of asymmetries today. I don't think that it follows at all that anyone gets cast as a mass murdering terrorist - that assertion is just beyond the pale.

I'm also a bit unclear what you mean by the militarization of a society.

The 'asymetric competition' metaphor is of course drawn from the term 'asymetric warfare'. So once again we see a military metaphor - and all that entails - being used to describe things.

This should be done cautiously, if at all, especially at a time when these metaphors are loaded with meaning pumped up by wartime propaganda. If the metaphor holds, for example, then open source advocates play the same role as al-qaeda -- and isn't ad-qaeda evil or something?

My own preference is to stay away from military metaphors, and my observation is that their almost automatic use is an indication of a pervasive - and unnoticed - militarization of a society.

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Quoth she/he...

  • "The hallmark of revolution is that the goals of the revolutionaries cannot be contained by the institutional structure of the society they live in. As a result, either the revolutionaries are put down, or some of those institutions are transmogrified, replaced, or simply destroyed. We are plainly witnessing a restructuring of the music and newspaper businesses, but their suffering isn’t unique, it’s prophetic." --Clay Shirky

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