Lapizuli - 3:35 am on Aug 29, 2011 (gmt 0)
For Louis L'Amour fans: Would the Wild West have become so populous if folks had said ingenuously, before there was any effective law... "Who am I? Why, I'm Jacob Helvis Pinter-Johansen from Alabama, and me and my six kids and frail wife here, we're hoping to squat on this big lot of land we found right over by the water - here's a map. We don't have us a weapon, because we're peaceful folk. We're really happy to meet y'all...."
No, if L'Amour had it right, what they said was, "Howdy. We don't ask for names here. If you're good people, we'll give ya a hand, if you're bad people, we'll shoot ya."
Schmidt has the right idea, sort of, maybe (I haven't yet read his take on it). We do need accountability on the web. Badly. Eventually. Nobody trusts anyone and that limits what can be accomplished. But not while people still feel like sitting ducks. A LOT more has to change. And NOT primarily so Google can keep track of who's an authority.
From the link above:
Paraphrasing Schmidt’s comments, Carvin wrote that the Google exec also said the Internet “would be better if we knew you were a real person rather than a dog or a fake person. Some people are just evil and we should be able to ID them and rank them downward.”
And this is what's scary. We're free not to participate, but if we don't participate, we're evil?
Hmmm, does that sound familiar...?