WORLD MOVE TO DEMOCRACY: ASSANGE, GREECE.
Banking Crisis and it's reverberations have moved public
opinion to a new location. The elites of the world, who appear to
believe that the mass of people are not intelligent enough to make the
right choices about how our economies should function, about what
information they should be given, are beginning to sense that this
movement of the world psyche might be a little harder to deflect.
The "Occupy Wall Street" movement will probably end up being the centre
of this movement. Being centreless, it will be harder to
"manage". If it sets up some sort of an online polling system,
and so becomes the first popular movement without leaders, then it will
become extremely difficult to manage.
If Assange is extradited to Sweden, and if, when there, he is
transported to the USA, then events will gain greater urgency.
Assange is now a world public figure, and a hero of the new
movement. Being jailed will add to his cachet. As an aside,
I would not like to be either of the two girls responsible for that
extradition. Their lives have irreversibly changed.
World leaders are condemning the Greek President for democratically
asking his electorates' opinion as to the path he should follow.
Come again?? Asking the victims what should be done? Pity
the elite didn't ask the masses before they formed the EMU.
My suggestion to the Greek People is cancel EMU membership, and declare
all debts will be paid in Drachma, calculated at the current exchange
rate when the cancellation takes effect. Maybe the drachma won't
be worth much, but the Greeks will manage. And Greece might stop
being such a desirable waystation for middle east refugees, and once
again become a premier low cost tourist destination.
Well the elites (To me that is the wealthiest 0.03%) put a stop to that
very smartly, didn't they. Greek President resigns and a
recalcitrant Silvio Berlusconi in Italy got much the same
treatment. I suppose I can understand why. If any of those
countries left the ECM, those banks would lose a huge amount of money,
and the biggest losers might well be the people who most profited and
were ultimately responsible. And make no mistake, the amounts of
money (i.e. potential losses) involved could buy Fort Knox and
Manhattan and the City of London and the emperor's palace in
Tokyo. And lots of change left over.
OPEN LETTER TO RUPERT MURDOCH.
Summary of events to 14th
November: You have retired Hartigan, and appointed someone
who succeeded selling online media. The figures published for
Australian media (p25 Australian) are not pretty. The Australian
has just launched an online edition which it is proposed will be
available for a couple of dollars a week.
Critique: It is
probably not going to work. I buy Newspapers most days at around
1AM, which is why I do not subscribe. The online edition needs a
complex password, and my computer/ipad does not remember it. So
although I have a subscription, I don't use it. Not only that, it
is too expensive, and the website is not organized well, and I actually
hardcopy for the access advantage. (It is easier to find
something I noticed earlier).
I also suggest that you offer a secure
online voting system on proposed government legislation. Use
something like edentiti to
stop voter fraud, and show a running total of results before people
vote. I would suggest that people be given accounts, and be able
to change/reverse their original vote on subsequent occasions.
Such a system might result in improved operation of democracy, and also
improve perceived trustworthiness of the operation.
- Improve the password situation for
subscribers. Simultaneous accesses to an article on one password
could be made to require login confirmation.
- Make it cheaper. (Price/cost
is a one way street.)
- Why not provide one day (24 hours)
online access from each newspaper purchase? Perhaps an unique
code on p2 of each paper? Crossreference could stop a code from
being used simultaneously.
- Why limit that online access to only
paper? Include all NEWS LTD newspapers worldwide, including WSJ,
Times. Foreign articles also, with something like Google
Translate. After all, how much can one person read?
- The organization/layout is
crucial. AlJazeera, Drudgereport are both good models. Tone
down the advertising. Less is more. e.g. Drudge.
- You are also going to need a new
publishing paradigm. I suggest that you become a news aggregator,
like Drudgereport. Sack all permanent journalists and pay
journalists by hits. With
careful design they will get a better deal within the paradigm (rather
than independent websites). I realize that adopting the new
paradigm will shrink your business. (So what? That seems to
be happening anyhow.) However you will avoid the censorship being
mooted in Australia by the Greens, because reader statistics of your
articles will be votes on reader acceptability of the material.
And proportion of world readership will increase. (And you might
manage to start competing with Google for advertising).
Although "The Australian" gives a reasonably balanced account of most
major events, there are some smaller events where subbies seem to
favour a view that they might reasonably expect you (Rupert) to
hold. Or perhaps the female subbies exert unreasonable
influence over content?
An instance is Berlusconi.
(I understand that News Ltd has
excluded from Italy by Berlusconi). Silvio
the longest serving (20 years?) Italian PM since WWII. However
he is so castigated in "The Australian" that an impartial observer must
wonder just how he ever retained power for so long, and must see his
recent resignation as forced. However
translate translations of Italian newspapers, alternative
explanations appear. Such as SB resigned until the next election
because he did not want to be associated with the extremely unpopular
"wealth tax" that the ECB requires.