Dave Winer frustrates me too. Why? Cause he shows me a world I didn’t know could exist. He challenges my assumptions. And, tries to get me to join his world. The baaahhhhssssstttttaaaaarrrrrddddd!!!
I remember when he showed me RSS. I thought to myself “isn’t that nice?” I couldn’t see why I’d use it. But, he kept at it. Everytime I’d be over his house (called “the Internet Hut” by my son) he’d show me RSS again, each time from a little different angle). I still didn’t get it.
Until one day when I realized I was spending most of the day visiting blogs in my Web browser. That was when I started asking him to show me RSS again. “Hey, Dave, can you show me that world outline idea I kept ignoring again?” It was almost two years from the time he first showed me RSS to the day I “got it.”
This week it’s river of news. Lots of lightbulbs are going on about why that idea is interesting. But it took Dave cutting it up, simplifying it, and coming back to us with different views of the same idea for us to get it. He first showed me River of News years ago. The bbbaaahhhhssssstttttaaaaaarrrrrdddddd!!!
Yeah, it does look effortless. But Dave is one of those guys who is tireless. He sees a vision of how the world should be and then tries to drag us all into his world.
It pisses a lot of us off. But, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Oh, and if you ever meet a true visionary they do have this frustration with the rest of the world. I remember hearing that frustration from Douglas Engelbart, inventor of the mouse (it took us 25 years to get THAT innovation!)
Thanks to the innovators who keep showing us their world until we get it. Sorry for the friction and cluelessness when it occurs.