21 March 2005

Let's Get It On

Here's a Simple Truth: Unless we start a multi-layered conversation about the Internet in Puerto Rico, we're doomed to inhabit the backwaters of the global economy.

Why? You tell Me. I have My reasons and they are quite substantial. You have Yours and they might disagree with Mine. However, if You don't agree with the Inherent Truth of My opening statement, then You are wrong, Your intelligence is suspect and Your feet smell bad.

Here's another Simple Truth: The Internet is and will be what We make of it. If We are dissatisfied with what it is up to this point, it is nobody's fault but Our own.

I'll grant that there are some major obstacles: politicians, PRTC/Verizon and the feebs that run key government agencies such as PRIDCO and the Economic Development Bank come to mind. But the fact is, none of those people know beans about the Internet (compared to Us) and should have been outmaneuvered, outsmarted and outcast years ago. That they are still obstacles is primarily Our fault.

We don't talk very much to each other.

We act like the 98% of the industry that isn't a direct, close ally is an enemy. We fight over tiny crumbs of an illusively small pie instead of fusing ideas to make a bigger pie.

We let loudmouth incompetents trumpet their crabbed little views of what the Internet is to the masses instead of stomping them flat like the vermin they are.

We act like We're so superior to the ignorati and wallow in futility when in fact they hold the power We so desperately seek.

We can't be bothered to "demean" Ourselves to mere selling, but when We're given the chance to make a dent in the general apathy of the masses, We limit ourselves to crappy sales pitches.

We settle for aping rather than innovation.

We believe the Internet is as important to "them" as it is to Us, ignoring the fact that "they" rely on Us to give them reasons to care for it and We don't give them any that are truly convincing.

We are soooo smart, so why are We soooo screwed? You tell Me. You have to. The Internet is a dialogue--not a monologue--so speak up!

The Jenius Has Spoken.

2 comments:

herman d maldonado said...

the major obstacles and issues as set forth by the jenius DO need to be challenged. who better to challenge than the ISOCPR (internet society of puerto rico). they want ALL the reverance and applause (with little more than 2 yr old reports and even older demographics) and have yet to, since establish, put a dent in these issues...about 3 years now. the so called 'top people' in the digital, tech, internet industry, on the island are member of this organization. what have they done!!?? they have some nice little photos on their website of gatherings, they have photos of the new directors of the society. all 'owners/presidents' of non-existent businesses OR bankcrupt entities.

should these be the representatives for the future of internet in puerto rico!?? they say yes and without a challenge, the 'yesses' have it. there you go puerto rico....toss another 'major obstacle' onto your heap. it gets heavier if you don't speak up....NOW!!

in a conversation with my father 4 years ago he asked why i went to puerto rico after 40 years in the US. my response "to bring change" to the island, "to assist in bringing education and internet to all" (i was hire by a local ISP and educational software company). his immediate response..."you will NEVER change puerto rico!" i believe he speaks the truth...what do you say puerto rico!?

herman d maldonado said...

the major obstacles and issues as set forth by the jenius DO need to be challenged. who better to challenge than the ISOCPR (internet society of puerto rico). they want ALL the reverance and applause (with little more than 2 yr old reports and even older demographics) and have yet to, since establish, put a dent in these issues...about 3 years now. the so called 'top people' in the digital, tech, internet industry, on the island are member of this organization. what have they done!!?? they have some nice little photos on their website of gatherings, they have photos of the new directors of the society. all 'owners/presidents' of non-existent businesses OR bankcrupt entities.

should these be the representatives for the future of internet in puerto rico!?? they say yes and without a challenge, the 'yesses' have it. there you go puerto rico....toss another 'major obstacle' onto your heap. it gets heavier if you don't speak up....NOW!!

in a conversation with my father 4 years ago he asked why i went to puerto rico after 40 years in the US. my response "to bring change" to the island, "to assist in bringing education and internet to all" (i was hire by a local ISP and educational software company). his immediate response..."you will NEVER change puerto rico!" i believe he speaks the truth...what do you say puerto rico!?