Past time to retire

Recovered from the Wayback Machine.

Dave Winer has been talking about retirement. Perhaps he really should.

This is about as ugly as it can get in this environment.

This is what happens, too, when someone with power and money, like Winer, can tromp all over another who has less of both, and get away with it because all the other powers that be are too busy feathering their own nests to call Winer to account. And I include many of Winer’s friends in this–those of you who talk glowy eyed about how all of this is going to make a difference.

Really Doc? Really David Weinberger? Really Jarvis? Dan or Steve Gillmore? Where’s the difference now? Where’s the inherent nobility of this act? What’s your take, Scoble? Oh right, partial feeds, never mind. Well then, John Palfrey, can you name the top ten sources of integrity on the web? Think that Harvard–token holder of RSS copyright– will be among them?

You would not believe how many times I’ve criticized Rogers in the past for his loyalty to Dave Winer. I’m not the only one to have done so. And now this…

Yet there will be those who write, “Oh yes Dave, you’re so right! They’re just jealous! They don’t understand you! Thank you Dave for being our hero.” No one holds anyone accountable for our actions here. Not when Google might buy another company or Microsoft issue another product teaser. Not while Dave Winer is on that god forsaken Technorati list, and someone like Rogers is not.

The rest, well, we’ll just pretend this didn’t happen, won’t we? After all, if we don’t see the snake in Eden, it damn well doesn’t exist, does it?

Wonderful new world my ass. There is no high ground, no morality–all that matters, is the buzz.

See Gary Turner’s post again. I need a walk. I need some fresh air.

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