This post has kinda been stewing since I first Dave Winer’s post yesterday where he first preformed a drive-by character assassination without being man enough to use the real names of those involved (for the record it was about Gabe Rivera and Michael Arrington) and then went on to generally berate everyone who takes up the challenge to write down their thoughts on a daily basis about technology.
As far as Dave is concerned that unless you have taken computer science or have written code you should keep your mouth shut. Screw you Dave – I have taken courses and I have written code and I have never found that either of those two things have had any impact whatsoever on what I write about. Just because someone hasn’t written code doesn’t mean they don’t have valid viewpoints about Web 2.0, social networks or even whether a browser looks and acts like a piece of shit.
But here is why I think this doesn’t make sense: technology isn’t just about code, it’s about users and enabling users (and doesn’t that sound like something Dave would say himself?). Those users can (and should) happily write about their experiences and I for one am glad Techmeme picks up on that.
Maybe you’ve been spending too many years on that high horse of yours Dave to see that more often these days you doing more to prove how much of a donkey’s ass you are instead of the thought leader you once were.
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