Dave Snowden

Oh brave new world that has such people in’t!

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Its good to have Euan back from holiday and his blog active. An interesting thread has developed around social computing and (for want of a better word politics) under two headings namely brave new world and socialist software. I have assumed my normal cynical we have been here before please read your history books role in respect of any messianic adoption of social computing. This includes approaches to communication based on limited symbol representation (typing words into a computer). Euan has provided one (more to come I am sure) thoughtful responses.

Mind you I am not so sure that the brave new world reference is a safe one, either in the context of Huxley’s novel of the same name or its original reference to Shakepeare’s Tempest where Meranda states:

“O wonder!
How many goodly creatures are there here!
How beautious mankind is!
O brave new world,
That has such people in’t!”