The Clueless will rule the world, Kathy says

Kathy Sierra posts the Clueless Manifesto.

My son lives about four blocks from the movie theater that inspired her post (er, the seven girls who pushed for it). Here’s the Minnesota Public Radio┬ástory. You’ll need Real Networks to listen.

More about the “Superb Seven” who got the theater done: American Profile. SF Gate. Roberts David films is making a movie about the seven. It indeed is an inspiring story. I drive by this theater every few weeks to pick up my son. I had no idea.

So, now when one of you says “Scoble’s clueless” I’ll take it as praise! :-)

What great role models Patrick has in Petaluma.

Update: Patrick just told me one of his friends’ sister is one of the seven girls.

36 thoughts on “The Clueless will rule the world, Kathy says

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  3. I had trouble with this – not on the basis of what Kathy was trying to say but the way it mixed up so many ideas and then presented them.

    In one sense there was nothing new in what she says. Back in 1978 I worked as CFO to a CEO who said – “I want 10 ideas a week, doesn’t matter if 9 and a half are useless – we can make money from what’s left of the other half.” It always stuck with me. And he was consistently successful in everything he did. Because he could see the germ of something valuable where others couldn’t. That doesn’t make him clueless – it makes him smart. Bit different – at the semantic level.

    Her use of the word ‘silly’ definitely grated – there’s a difference between naivety (the why not?) from giving the impression of being juvenile. In business – that matters.

    So is ‘clueless’ in the semantics/taxonomy? If it’s in the choice of words to re-crunch what we already understand by innovation, then it won’t get a lot of traction where it matters.

  4. I had trouble with this – not on the basis of what Kathy was trying to say but the way it mixed up so many ideas and then presented them.

    In one sense there was nothing new in what she says. Back in 1978 I worked as CFO to a CEO who said – “I want 10 ideas a week, doesn’t matter if 9 and a half are useless – we can make money from what’s left of the other half.” It always stuck with me. And he was consistently successful in everything he did. Because he could see the germ of something valuable where others couldn’t. That doesn’t make him clueless – it makes him smart. Bit different – at the semantic level.

    Her use of the word ‘silly’ definitely grated – there’s a difference between naivety (the why not?) from giving the impression of being juvenile. In business – that matters.

    So is ‘clueless’ in the semantics/taxonomy? If it’s in the choice of words to re-crunch what we already understand by innovation, then it won’t get a lot of traction where it matters.

  5. The more you know, the more you know you don’t know.

    The more you know you don’t know, the more you want to know what you know you don’t know.

  6. The more you know, the more you know you don’t know.

    The more you know you don’t know, the more you want to know what you know you don’t know.

  7. She mixes so many metaphors, and imposes opposites as similar, clueless is certainly right; clueless about her own Clueless Manifesto, irony. There is a great difference between looking at something in a new unique way, and just being dumb. Cluelessness granted the world the greatest loss of human wealth in history. But ADD-styled Clueless and Stupidity as a virtue and compliment? Fine. I shalt compliment thou.

    Now this is pure poetry…

    http://news.ft.com/cms/s/384be1be-9eb1-11da-ba48-0000779e2340.html

    And that, in the end, is the dismal fate of blogging: it renders the word even more evanescent than journalism; yoked, as bloggers are, to the unending cycle of news and the need to post four or five times a day, five days a week, 50 weeks of the year, blogging is the closest literary culture has come to instant obsolescence. No Modern Library edition of the great polemicists of the blogosphere to yellow on the shelf; nothing but a virtual tomb for a billion posts – a choric song of the word-weary bloggers, forlorn mariners forever posting on the slumberless seas of news.

  8. She mixes so many metaphors, and imposes opposites as similar, clueless is certainly right; clueless about her own Clueless Manifesto, irony. There is a great difference between looking at something in a new unique way, and just being dumb. Cluelessness granted the world the greatest loss of human wealth in history. But ADD-styled Clueless and Stupidity as a virtue and compliment? Fine. I shalt compliment thou.

    Now this is pure poetry…

    http://news.ft.com/cms/s/384be1be-9eb1-11da-ba48-0000779e2340.html

    And that, in the end, is the dismal fate of blogging: it renders the word even more evanescent than journalism; yoked, as bloggers are, to the unending cycle of news and the need to post four or five times a day, five days a week, 50 weeks of the year, blogging is the closest literary culture has come to instant obsolescence. No Modern Library edition of the great polemicists of the blogosphere to yellow on the shelf; nothing but a virtual tomb for a billion posts – a choric song of the word-weary bloggers, forlorn mariners forever posting on the slumberless seas of news.

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