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.)