Thursday, October 18, 2007

POCKET PARADIGMS

WHEN I was circulating a book to various publishers, one turned it down saying, "We're looking for civics, not solutions." I had long suspected that. Which is why we continue to have a Middle East peace process but no peace. And no one around here seems to mind.

I meet alot of process people in Washington. They're like vehicles without a drive belt. They make a lot of noise; they just can't go anywhere. Getting things done is now a radical act. Then there are the virtual people. They only exist as images of themselves. Talking to one of them is like watching a bad cable show without a zapper. Some scientists believe that at the rate things are going, process people and virtual people will eventually evolve into species reproductively incompatible with the rest of us. There are already reports of process people and real people mating and producing only sterile offspring ~ a sort of mule that understands all the main policy points. - Sam Smith

2 Comments:

At October 18, 2007 3:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's a dictum/heuristic from the field of design that goes "if you're doing the wrong thing, it doesn't matter how well you're doing it."

Process focus totally ignores that heuristic. Like capitalist accounting in general, it doesn't distinguish between the cost of curing cancer and the cost of destroying the lives of children.

--Mairead

 
At October 18, 2007 4:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In business-speak, we have a problem with "execution".

 

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