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- 03:09pm Apr 21, 2002 EST (#1598
I was impressed with these articles today:
BACK TO EARTH: War Was Easy. The Rest of the World Is a
Mess. by DAVID E. SANGER http://www.nytimes.com/2002/04/21/weekinreview/21SANG.html
What happens when the clear-cut visions and simple
declarations of a political campaign run headlong into the reality
of how the world works?
Democracy and U.S. Credibility by PETER HAKIM http://www.nytimes.com/2002/04/21/weekinreview/21HAKI.html
I was very glad to see a series of articles on the subject
of trust - - and the related issue of finding out facts
and relations that people depend on.
Once Bitten, Twice Shy By JANNY SCOTT http://www.nytimes.com/2002/04/21/weekinreview/21SCOT.html
"In a world that seems so suddenly filled with
suspicion - in the parish, in the workplace, among nations - can
trust be recovered?"
• United We Expand by Henry Fountain http://www.nytimes.com/2002/04/21/weekinreview/21FOUN.html
• Europe Has Problems, But Not Like America's. Maybe. By
JOHN TAGLIABUE http://www.nytimes.com/2002/04/21/weekinreview/21TAGL.html
• After the Scandal, a Grim Thought: Can It Be Fixed? By
MELINDA HENNEBERGER http://www.nytimes.com/2002/04/21/weekinreview/21HENN.html
We want our trust to be based on facts - - - not fictions
-- and when we must live with uncertainty, we need to know it.
Sorting the Reality from the Virtual by John Schwartz http://www.nytimes.com/2002/04/21/weekinreview/21SCHW.html
ends with this line.
" If there's no way of establishing what is
true . . . we're sunk."
We don't have to be "sunk" -- we are moving into times with new
opportunities, that can make us both safer and more comfortable. But
we're at an intermediate stage -- where new problems are arising
along with our new powers -- and these problems aren't yet solved.
Magazine: Where Here See's There By GEORGE PACKER
. . . " The world media machine has given us a global village - just
not the expected one"
"By now everyone knows that satellite TV has
helped deepen divisions in the Middle East. But it's worth
remembering that it wasn't supposed to be this way.
"The globalization of the media was supposed to
knit the world together. The more information we receive about one
another, the thinking went, the more international understanding
will prevail. . . . .
"But this technological togetherness has not
created the human bonds that were promised. . . .
"In some ways, global satellite TV and Internet
access have actually made the world a less understanding, less
tolerant place. What the media provide is superficial familiarity
-- images without context, indignation without remedy.
The technical togetherness provides necessary conditions
for understanding, tolerance, and effective cooperation. Not
sufficient conditions. We've got more to learn. Some key points
concern context (there has to be enough for what people need to do)
and cooperation and communication along a trust-distrust
I've been concerned about building stable peace, and cooperation,
between groups that naturally and properly distrust each other, that
are afraid of each other, and are very different. Distrust needs to
be acknowledged in a humanly workable context, and accomodated.
People naturally distrust each other in many ways -- and they can
get along pretty well with each other anyway, if certain things are
- 03:11pm Apr 21, 2002 EST (#1599
The day after kate_nyt
"Favorite Poetry (Archived)" 9/24/00 1:27pm - - I had an all-day
web session with becq , who I then believed was William
Jefferson Clinton. I began with a short statement, and post that
statement here, with the beginnings of conversation with becq
- - and the end of the web session about ten hours later.
I still think the proposal is valid as far as it goes, but very
incomplete, due to things pointed out by almarst and others.
But I believe that postings #266-269 make the right points about the
need to acknowlege distrust, and ways that distrust is reasonable,
and can be reasonably accomodated.
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