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From: Andrzej Taramina [mailto:andrzej@chaeron.com]

>One of my favourite quotes is that from a Stella (the beer) poster which
>"I would rather die of thirst than to drink from the cup of mediocrity".
>Unfortunately, that attitude doesn't seem to be the common one, so we're
probably doomed
>to a certain level of mediocrity in all human endeavours.

Of course.  We should simply be aware of the hyperbole and not bet more 
than a draft on it until we are happy with the blend.  I blogged what 
my opinions on the document formats discussion produced.  It was a civil, 
thoughtful intense discussion among peers.  No big revelations, but no 
big problems other than an unbalanced market in need of correction and 
by degrees, getting it.  Patience while the wheel grinds but keep turning 
the handle.

>I would propose that the term "Web 2.0", as a label, is mediocre in and of
itself. ;-)

Yeah... it gets investors excited, people FUD the products of their
competitors, the 
software gets downloaded, the complaints and the huzzahs are heard, and we
all go 
home to drink something, eat something, and chat with the dormouse.  People
who read 
stuff like Graham writes or me or you or the rest of us here should remember
software/web business is all about itself, not democracy, freedom, the
or the put-downs.  It's a business that is more than a little self-absorbed.

One of the really good quotes I heard at XML 2005 was, "These guys are my
They were my friends before Microsoft and Google, and they'll be my friends
Microsoft and Google."

That's a good attitude.



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