A compilation of governance tools that
might deserve a programmer’s attention
The Revolution will be Engineered
1. Assertion Processor for the Great Centrist Party - Part C
The Assertions of Processing Assertions
Ben has coded up some RSS 1.0 examples for us, based on the Seymour Hersh article I used as an example. You qualified folks should review them at his site and pick up a mug while you’re at it. We non-techies must be content with a more general view.
Putting the Hammer Down
Ben seems to be designing a comprehensive system while I had in mind a format for bread crumbs. This distinction is not evidence of a fundamental argument about the nature of knowledge aggregation! Ben and I are having fun working on this project and I’m enormously grateful for his knowledge and point of view.
By bread crumbs, of course, I’m thinking of how Hansel & Gretel found their way home. I want RSS bread crumbs to help our country find its way home. Each author or editor or reviewer tags an article, not completely, but with the elements that make it interesting and that validate its point. Like blogs, no assertion is to be trusted on its own merits, but rather by how it’s been honored by the Linkosphere. This troubles governments and big time journalism, but is the only reasonable basis for fact-based governance.
It doesn’t seem necessary to build a centralized repository tying every mention of <actor>Richard Perle</actor> in the Hersh article to all other instances of <actor>Richard Perle</actor>. I’ll leave that up to whoever hosts the Richard Perle Assertion Aggregator. Inquiring minds want to be able to find the articles in our news readers and we’ll also be hoping that someone assembles the most authoritative ones among them into a timeline.
My ignorance of the mechanics allows me to imagine that properly tagged assertions would allow a script to generate a timeline like this example, which I found at the Project for the New American Century. Without attribution, these assertions are uncompelling, especially if you’re new to the Iran Contra scandal (and the ethical mindset that made it a scandal). As Dr. Dean says, “We can do better than this.” I want RSS feeds, not collected and served from a central database, but available for post-processing so that better timelines than this can be generated automagically. I don’t want actual magic–just a sufficiently advanced technology.
Imagine that the following contains links to the supporting information:
Now is that too much to ask? Does anyone else like this idea? Buehler? Buehler?