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Mark, I appreciate your reasoned comments. However, the problem I have with the premise is that WikiLeaks is the cause of the consequences you raise. WikiLeaks and Assange did not leak the items; they are merely publishers. There are other leak publishers the individual who DID leak them could have selected. Had there been no WikiLeaks, the leaks probably would have occurred anyway. My point is that WikiLeaks did not create the environment or the culture that makes this possible -- it is just one of the more successful entries in the arena that already existed. The focus on WikiLeaks is symbolic, emblematic, of a larger trend. WikiLeaks is a part of the trend, not the catalyst for it.
If we were having the same discussion about the Pentagon Papers, would all the talk be about The New York Times, which published the leaked documents? Or about Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked them? Clearly, the focus was on Ellsberg, not the outlet that happened to publish the documents.
By the way, Time Magazine yesterday named Assange its most intriguing person of 2010 -- and that's a designation with which I can agree. Not the most influential, but the most intriguing.
I don't often say something like this in a comment discussion, but you're an idiot.
I have nothing against Mr. Assange and admire his efforts; nothing in my post suggests anything to the contrary. The Person of the Year designation (which I find amazingly unimportant) is supposed to designate who has had the greatest influence on the world during the past year. My point is that WikiLeaks has had little influence on the world beyond a lot of press coverage. All of the impact people like you ascribe to WikiLeaks was already happening and the outcomes would have been inevitable if WikiLeaks had never been launched. WikiLeaks is a symptom of the change, and even a symbol of the change, but it is is decidedly not the reason for the change.
If you were to look at my Facebook page before making yourself look so ridiculously stupid with your allegation, you'd know that virtually everything there is cross-posted from my blog, my Posterous blog, and my Twitter account. I spend almost no time on Facebook beyond responding to comments and sending birthday greetings to friends.
As for whom I work for, 30 seconds of research would answer that question. Didn't have the time? The inclination? The professionalism? For goodness sake, all you had to do was Google me. And I'd also point out that you know nothing about my politics; if you did, you'd be embarrassed even more than you already should be for having written the nonsense that you did.
Narcicissm indeed. And for somebody who supports transparency, your hypocrisy in cowering behind anonymity is even more ironic than it normally would be.
Next time, engage your brain before you write.
@ augie - Thanks for commenting, Augie; I genuinely appreciate your jumping into the conversation.
It's the mix of content themes on a personal blog that expands its visibility. I would presume (possibly inaccurately) that blogs on the Forrester platform will be limited to discussion of Forrester-related topics, whereas a personal blog can contain a variety of topics ranging from work to personal. I'm working on a post right now, for example, about the joy of train travel vs. the horrors of air travel. That'll attract people who don't know of me but will now read my other work. I suspect it's the same reason you found my post here on Social Media Today instead of on my blog (Josh Bernoff has even been cross-posting here on SMT, for what I would guess is the same reason), and it's the same reason I cross-post all of my blog posts to my Facebook profile where I attract even more readers./shel