Why I totally respect Dave Winer. Plus, seriously.

This is why I cannot help but have deep sense of respect, a kind of profound regard, for Dave Winer: “So if you don’t want to sound like an idiot, call a social graph and social network and stand up for your right to understand technology.”That’s rhetoric at its apotheosis.

There’s a substantive statement of real importance: Let’s just do without the jargon, guys, whaddya say? Can we all be easy, huh, and do away with the self-congratulating fanciness? There’s also an utterly non-substantive but rather provocative statement: If you sound like this, you sound like a monkey.

The first part is all that really matters. But in a time where there’s a sea of other statements to read, the second part is how you get people to listen. (A monkey might be tempted to call it post-scarcity era in which content is instantaneous and ubiquitous. A monkey might also be tempted to call the second part pure, shameless link bait.)

And that, of course, is why it was all over Techmeme, not once or twice but thrice, in three different forms. Yours truly is very late (about twenty-four hours) to the game.

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