August 05, 2003
I got stoned and I missed it

One lousy week you're too busy to follow the news and you end up missing the best April Fools joke of the year, the Policy Analysis Market

The elevator-pitch for the idea is: "It's like The Hollywood Stock Exchange, only it's about stuff that really matters". Of course the notion that people would discuss on market terms the likelihood of actual political events was a bit too much for polticians to stomach and the exchange is now gone.

It all took 1 (one) week. And I missed it due to a busy work schedule. A year on internet time is truly a very long time.

That the game is still being played - only not so overtly - can be seen from the frequent 'google mindshare' or 'memewatch' jokes on the web.

And once again Google's cache proves its worth by enabling full reconstruction of the website.
This underlines that everybody - including Google - has got it wrong on the policies and rules that should apply to the cache. The ability of the public to hold on to content that once was there is essential and absolutely necessary to meaningful digital free speech.

The alternative - an Orwellian edited continuously edited reality - is not an alternative but a nightmare.

Posted by Claus at August 05, 2003 03:00 AM | TrackBack (0)
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And for those who don't know the title, it comes from a song written by Shel Silverstein (author of the famous children's book "Where the Sidewalk Ends").

Posted by: Chris on August 5, 2003 8:47 AM
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