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People First

People First Is Not Political

Though it might well be political.

Scene From Us+Them, A Film By Roger Waters

I am writing this post, which is extracted from an email I had cause to write this week when someone questioned a stance I had taken in a newsletter that Pink Floyd was a punk band.

I know – right?

To quote the writer …

“And Pink Floyd a punk band, WTF!!???)”

an email correspondent

I often take a contrary stance on things to elicit a response. But when I take that stance, it isn’t uninformed, just different. So ‘Pink Floyd is a punk band’ had the desired effect, it elicited response – but no logical argument back, just a preconceived notion that they are a rock/progressive band – which cant possibly be punk. Me – I still say YES. I mean if Malcolm McLaren can produce an album that fuses opera and R&B has he lost his punk? Rigid classification just doesn’t work – I think that also goes some way to explaining how databases have transitioned over time from hierarchical to relational to graph. But back to Punk Floyd.

A Collection of Links you might enjoy – if not – read on

The point of it all being that if Punk is only about the music / style / genre … then no, Pink Floyd is not a Punk Band

BUT

If Punk is all about anti-establishment commentary and political action – then absolutely yes, they are … and Roger Waters specifically is the original punk.

Have you seen his Mexico concert?

The desire of the article and a lot of what I write is to take a non obvious stance to make people sit up and either respond “right, I never thought about it that way” or “the guys talking crap” … and I look forward to that debate … always seeking to learn.

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Learning

Cognitive Elites

“A ‘cognitive elite’ will rise to power and influence, as a class of sovereign individuals ‘commanding vastly greater resources’ who will no longer be subject to the power of nation-states and will redesign governments to suit their ends.”

Read More In The Guardian Here

Cognitive Elites … not the same as ‘Elites’ – and – be it a ‘discredited’ term or not – I have no doubt that those that seek to use technology to protect their interests – and not subjugate themselves to the Corporates will win out. They are thinking, acting, doing and rising above the media clutter. Who are those people? Well, maybe it is easier to point out who they are not …. they are not people;

  • who shake their heads and say ‘what can we do’
  • who continue to blindly use Facebook, despite all the proof of what they have done and continue to do
  • who have a single password across all of their accounts
  • who have a password like 1234password
  • … you get the picture

NO – it doesn’t include those people.

But it also is not about having superior intelligence. (Which is what the book was talking about.) No. That is not going to save you. And those people aren’t the cognitive elites that I think about.

To me – I think you are a cognitive elite if you think. At all. Your IQ can be below 100 – like half the population – but that doesn’t mean you can’t think … that is a choice.

Start to think. Start to act. Be Different.