Porn, activism and technology forecasting

Laurent Haug quoted Ethan Zuckerman's point which is really worth repeating in forecasting and futurist circles. Since I am, at least partly, finding myself backing a bit to my original turf of technology forecasting this is a good reminder of a rule of thumb that I actually used as an argument for the future success of the Internet in the mid 1990:s.

"If you’re not getting porn in your system, it doesn’t work. Activism is a stronger test - if activists are using your tools, it’s a pretty good indication that your tools are useful and usable."


[From Ethan Zuckerman's post …My heart’s in Accra » The Cute Cat Theory Talk at ETech]

2 thoughts on “Porn, activism and technology forecasting

  1. Is Google's willingness to submit to the will of the Chinese government and control the internet viewing of millions of Chinese, a form of activism? perhaps in the negative direction or is it all positive?

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