COMMENT: from BVS to CVS :-(

33 years ago I joined the internet on getting my first Mac in 1984. The first app I started using was email and that has remained my number one preferred app ever since.

WordPress is my second favourite. I use others like google, wikipedia, and youtube.

After discovering the hyperlink (which I think is one of the greatest ever education inventions in history) I immediately began teaching lateral thinking on the net by email.

In 1995 we launched the first SOT website (there were 10,000 sites then) and we later won the “Top 5% of the Web” award. Since 1979 SOT has disseminated over a half billion lessons globally.

That first decade was the mid-80s to mid-90s when the net was a great hope and filled us with energy and optimism about the future and the coming millenium in 2000.

The culture of the net (or cyberia as it was often called then) was freedom. The internet wanted to be free. It was full of academics, engineers, entrepreneurs, scientists and seekers and there was the School of Thinking.

The net was faster than anything before but nothing like as fast as today and it would crash from time to time and you’d have to resort to the fax machine.

But there was no spam, no pop-ups, no physhing, no trolls, no bullies, no rage-fests, no mud-slinging, no death-threats, no paranoia. There was, however, lots of trust and boundless generosity.

In 2017 the internet still has the School of Thinking but the net has also evolved into a dark age, a crackling chaos, a 24/7/365 whirling, howling, cacophonous wilderness of the greedy grasping global marketplace with its siren songs, ferocious fads, toxic wastes and vicious moods, its callous explosions, its viral plagues and epidemics and cruel and sudden extinctions.

It is rife everywhere (literally globally) with hidden minefields of traps and secret predators, spammers, snake-oil merchants, the pornerati and paranoid conspirators draining us all down into a whirlpool of a future dark web WWIII cyberwar. Is optimism being overtaken by pessimism?

As the famous evolutionist, Richard Dawkins, pointed out:

Evolution does not always move in a positive direction.




4 thoughts on “COMMENT: from BVS to CVS :-(

  1. We make a mistake when we forget the co – existence of good and evil. We plant crops, we don’t plant weeds. Yet they grow together. The environment or culture do not differentiate the difference. BVS 2 CVS must presume and assume whatsoever is good.

  2. Dominant values dictate the behaviour. When the internet began the dominant values then were honesty, sanctity of personhood, respect, nobility in knowledge and wealth. Today there seems to be a reversal of those values to the ones counter to them. With full acknowledgement and respect to Dawkins, if evolution can be considered not to be always positive, that appears to imply that evolution is confined to certain creatures and their tendencies only. Can a flower evolve negative growing into the ground rather than above it?

  3. As an educator, I give attention to those attitudes and actions/behaviors I wish repeated. I don’t ignore the negative but I don’t give it precedence/attention. We must “latch on to the positive, eliminate the negative, and not mess with Mr Inbetween.” SOT teches us to think enough to know what is best for society and we must promote that. I’m so grateful for participating in SOT since 1979 and my Advanced Leadership Certificate 2015.

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