June 28, 2005

Things fall apart, the centre cannot hold

Oh great, this just really cheers me up.

From Mark Cuban's Blog Maverick
Is this the start of a “Sarbanes Oxley” type environment for technology companies ? Will companies have to save and document everything they do in the marketing and promoting of their technologies ? Will they, or rather, should they video all presentations and record all phone calls ?

How else can we know that we are protected against unwarranted law suits that are used as competitive weapons to slow new technologies ?

I dont know how it will all turn out. Its probably not as bad as our worst nightmares, but there is the risk that it just might be.

This is the third freedom infringing red flag I've seen just today. First, it was seizing of private property, next it was criminalizing some software development and now it's the looming big chill of beauracracy. Time for some Yeats:

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of "Spiritus Mundi"
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

-- William Butler Yeats, "The Second Coming"

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