By Phil La Duke
Just a rapid postscript to this report: I’m indescribably disappointed with a) the stupidity in the threads of LinkedIn in response to last week’s post and b) the reality that no one confronted the Crank Coxes who pounced on the post unwittingly proving my point. Just when you give people credit for a modicum of intelligence you meet a handful that prove that LinkedIn is over crowded with mouth-breathing droolers with practically nothing to say but working out there God-provided appropriate to scream it to the globe.—Phil
Committed to Dave Collins for his years of service to the safety function.
“I saw the very best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked… for an angry fix”
Recently the LinkedIn neighborhood lost but one more thought leader. Following years of brilliant contributions to the numerous discussion threads of the groups to which he belonged one particular of the most critical voices on LinkedIn was silenced. Dave Collins didn’t die, rather he was driven from LinkedIn by trolls who are, by an order of magnitude, his intellectual inferior. Dave, tired of being shouted down for having insightful views of security and enterprise, took his proverbial ball and went home.
These of you who didn’t know Dave when he was a LinkedIn member genuinely missed out. Dave is a true innovator who is not afraid to take on the most cherished sacred cows of safety. He does it with Aussie finesse to my crazed barbarian swinging a bag of broken glass but the trolls don’t understand civility. Barbarity is the only language they comprehend.
Dave is nonetheless sustaining his megablog, http://www.safetyrisk.net/ , which is the single most influential security weblog in the planet. Sounds like an individual we’d like to have in our neighborhood. Dave is a loss, but a lot more importantly, Dave is emblematic of the downward spiral of LinkedIn. I have been a member for a decade or so and have observed each the structure of LinkedIn and the quality of the community.
In the words of Allen Ginsberg, “I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked… for an angry fix” but in my case I saw the ideal minds of my generation driven from the ideological threads of a when fantastic social landscape. The golden age of LinkedIn wasn’t the wild west of America Online, or the banal photos of the “sick” brunch posted on Facebook no, LinkedIn was a place exactly where individuals could ask concerns in excellent faith and get answers from genuine professionals. It was a spot where 1 could talk shop with their peers, get guidance and yes make buddies. When I joined LinkedIn I did so I could stay in touch with colleagues with whom I had lost touch. I believed, “This is genius! When I’m linked to my old buddies and colleagues I won’t have all these dead emails.” Truth be told a buddy and colleague referred to as me at work 1 day and asked for me e-mail. Exasperated, she asked me why I wasn’t on LinkedIn. “You’ll have 500 contacts by the finish of the week.” She was wrong it took two weeks. I joined groups and like numerous men and women stood on the sideline. I study the discussion threads and like most of us watched as two or much more intellectual powerhouses slugged it out. I thought LinkedIn was extraordinary, it was one of the greatest items I had ever experienced—relative to what would later grow to be called “social networks”.
When a troll would light me up for speaking my opinion or dare to question them, some sensible LinkedIn veteran would come to my defense, point out the idiots and the crack pots (and yes even the mentally ill). There’s nothing wrong with silencing these who bully and attack, in fact, there maybe nothing at all more nobler.
Now all that is gone.
We all take some share of the blame from the bloated Crank Coxes and Sparry Suckers that troll the discussion threads to all of us who say absolutely nothing as they destroy the neighborhood to these of us who whore our firms shamelessly to the water-headed imbeciles who post Facebook tripe to these who stand mute as it happens. In the words of Edmund Burke:
All it requires for Evil to prevail in this planet is for adequate good men to do practically nothing. The only thing required for the triumph of evil is for very good guys to do practically nothing.
Dave Collins departure isn’t the death knell of LinkedIn it’s its tombstone. Like all things once excellent that attain their nadir LinkedIn (not too long ago bought by the digital leprosy that is Microsoft) has been dead for a whilst but will continue for a decade as a location where the intellectually walking dead continue to feed on every single other. And I will be there, not to bear witness to its painful demise, but due to the fact they are straightforward pickens.