<CPOV> The world according to Jimmy Wales?
thekohser at gmail.com
Tue May 25 14:40:12 CEST 2010
The notion of new technologies inspiring people to believe that we are on
the verge of a new era of world peace is not new. From my own graduate
studies focusing on strategic bombing, I can speak to the common theme in
the 1920's and 1930's that the airplane would usher in an "age of peace",
because different cultures would have much better access to one another and
learn how common are the shared values between us, and (of course) no
government would ever dare start a war, with the risk of being annihilated
by airborne bombers from the other side ("the bomber will always get
For those interested in learning more about this "winged gospel", I suggest
look-ups of the names Giulio Douhet, Stanley Baldwin, and (for a
head-slapping good time) witness how the idealism of the 1920's was
transformed in the immediate post-WW2 years:
There! A post to CPOV without any hint of the sound of an axe being ground
in the background!
Whoops, wait a minute. Here comes my axe.
*"Frankly, and let me be blunt, Wikipedia as a readable product is not for
us. It's for them. It's for that girl in Africa who can save the lives of
hundreds of thousands of people around her, but only if she's empowered with
the knowledge to do so."
-- Jimmy Wales (sourced by Wikiquote.org to: Wikipedia-l mailing list
(23 October 2005), even though Jimmy Wales didn't publish anything on the
Wikipedia-l mailing list on 23 October 2005).
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