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]

3 Comments

  1. Magnus Lindkvist March 21, 02008

    Just found your blog, Martin. It’s terrific. I am hereby an RSS subscriber and look forward to more wisdom.

  2. larrydunbar April 19, 02008

    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?

  3. Yury December 23, 02015

    I’m very surprised that there is only one (very bad) pircute of one of the finalists (EL TAZO!!!!!!!!!) What’s up with that?And why are there so many pic’s of the bands that didn’t even make it further.I would have thought you would be promoting the winners . Hopefully this will be rectified after the next round of qualifiers.

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