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Saturday, August 22, 2009

The New Media

Over at the Richard Howe blog there is a comment by Greg Page, The New Englander, about being on line, versus going out and being with people.

Along the same line, The Instapundit links to an article that talks about the new technology and politicians.  I am not sure there is any new ground broken, but it is a nice review.

At the Instapundit link there is a plug for Professor Glenn H Reynolds' book, An Army of Davids:  How Markets and Technology Empower Ordinary People to Beat Big Media, Big Government, and Other Goliaths.

Regards  —  Cliff


Dick Howe said...

I enthusiastically purchased Reynolds' book ("Army of Davids") when it first came out. I was with him up until the chapter when he advocated arming the entire population as the best deterrent to future acts of terrorism. Having handled a multitude of weapons during my 4 years in the Army, I'm not a stranger to firearms and I do respect the 2nd Amendment, but that proposal just didn't make a whole lot of sense to me. Prof Reynolds has yet to win me back.

C R Krieger said...

I agree that Prof Reynolds is a bit over the top here, especially considering that half the problem is knowing if your hijacked airplane is going to Havana or to the World Trade Center.

And yet, 40,000 NYC cops couldn't stop the 9/11 problem.  It took a bunch of improvising civilians to end the nightmare in a field in Pennsylvania.

Like Dick, I am not a stranger to weapons, having dealt with capabilities up to 1.1 megaton.  And, being lazy, my 22 rifle and two handguns are in Virginia.  But, I would be more disturbed by a nation with no guns than one where every adult of sound mind was armed.

Right now the Goldilocks Rule seems to apply—we are probably "just right."

Regards  —  Cliff