June 7, 2005

Lock Or Load

Filed under: digital — mhoye @ 11:52 pm

Apropos of a conversation I had a few days ago, I have a small set of observations for you. They are as follows.

  1. Any digital forums that allow public participation are either:

    • Gated communities, or
    • Running firefights.
  2. The most important question to ask about any innovation or emerging technology is “What’s going to happen when the assholes get hold of this?”
  3. Though not always, typically when people say “assholes” they’ll mean “advertisers”.

It follows that, for a piece of socialware to survive widespread uptake it must have mechanisms in place that provide its primary administrators with:

  • walls, and/or
  • guns.

Default fortification and armory settings should always acknowledge that the good guys are badly outnumbered.


  1. Hmmm…yeah, it is about time I rewatched The Matrix. Thanks for the reminder.

    Comment by Skwid — June 10, 2005 @ 2:06 pm

  2. And, as Skwid observes, the good guys are likely to be just a bunch of walking cliches anyway.

    Comment by Mike Hoye — June 10, 2005 @ 5:00 pm

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