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April 26, 2006

The pervasive Mr. Raymond

Filed under: Commentary — admin @ 17:01

Well, he’s made it into the mainstream print media. In an opinion piece in the Economist for April 22-28, 2006 about the ‘new media’ on the tube and online, the author concludes with the following words: “To regret the glorious fecundity of new media is to choose the hushed reverence of the cathedral over the din of the bazaar.” (Note that you might or might not be able to view this article online, but it appears on Page 14 of the current print issue.)

He’s everywhere you look, folks . . . It really is all about Eric Raymond. :-)

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  1. Bwahaha. My sinister plan for world domination, it is working!

    Comment by Eric Raymond — April 26, 2006 @ 19:03

  2. Gee, ESR, seems like something you’d want to blog about. Now that I’m such an expert on these things.
    It must be mighty interesting to be the godfather to a meme. I mean, if ESR didn’t invent the term “Cathedral and the Bazaar”, then he sure popularized it; and the (unnamed) author in the Economist might have even quoted the expression without realizing how it joined the vernacular. I want to know how to do that. I also want to know how Dan Brown’s book became so damn popular. Is it possible to willfully become a principal part of the mainstream (as opposed to having it just happen to you?)


    Comment by hotc — April 26, 2006 @ 22:08

  3. >It must be mighty interesting to be the godfather to a meme.

    In sober truth, Walter, I’ve originated so many successful memes that I have trouble keeping track. At least once, I’ve spawned an entire subculture by accident (of people who design perversely difficult programming languages; they look on one I implemented in 1991 as the granddaddy of their genre).

    And I don’t really know how I do it, except that it usually has something to do with noticing gaps in our discourse. That is, places where people intuitively feel there is something interesting or attractive going on but don’t have a good way to talk about it.

    Comment by Eric Raymond — April 27, 2006 @ 20:43

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  5. Well, there you go – I’ve gotten his attention now. This goes to prove that Cory Doctorow and Eric Raymond aren’t the same guy; otherwise I could never have seen anything on or off the web before him.

    Thanks for the tip. For my small but growing audience, if you don’t read A&D, you should.


    Comment by hotc — April 30, 2006 @ 12:23

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    Comment by Forex Service — May 18, 2006 @ 15:06

  7. “Forex Service”:

    That’s an interesting comment; but I don’t quite understand it. Totally can’t agree with what? ESR’s blog? That you should read ESR’s blog?


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