[p2p-research] a short message on our list culture and authority arguments

Ryan Lanham rlanham1963 at gmail.com
Mon Nov 9 14:50:43 CET 2009

I see a number of lists I track going through normative issues now.  I think
your response is the right one, generally.

I have often wondered whether the computer information explosion of the last
3-5 years in particular has led to political polarization, or whether it has
simply allowed people to become more set in their ways.
Uncharacteristically, I am optimistic.  I believe people are learning very
rapidly.  We will all hear voices and tones we don't want to hear.  Others
may judge our edits, but we certainly have the right to make them.

Something is also going on with small communities versus large that is
important to P2P.  Tight knit meshes are more familial.  Larger ones are
more contentious.  Of course no one fights more fiercely and unfairly than
families.  Simple social rules-of-thumb are usually wrong.  There's a big
opening for someone to write a thesis on the psychology of P2P.


On Mon, Nov 9, 2009 at 2:39 AM, Michel Bauwens <michelsub2004 at gmail.com>wrote:

> Here is a short message that is addressed to Andrew but concerns all of us:
> "I am concerned  that the very culture of our discussion list has been
> derailed by your science-based authority arguments, which are typically
> expressed as 'you're totally wrong', 'this has been settled by science 10
> years ago', etc. Your continuous appeal to scientific authority without
> using evidence, and your summary dismissals, delegitimize and paralyze a lot
> of the freeflow dialogue between intelligent persons that had gone on. I
> respectfully request that you express your views with greater moderation and
> with a greater regard for the human reality that other discussants have
> varied perspectives."
> Please note I will not engage directly with Andrew for the time being, it
> has literally deleterious physical effects for me, so I have to stay out of
> it, but I wanted to purvey my concern about the list culture, which hitherto
> was of an exemplary civility.
> Michel
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