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Sun, 30 Mar 1997 11:47:42 +1000
At 09:00 PM 28/03/97 +1000, firstname.lastname@example.org (Stewart Fist) wrote:
>We keep treating telecommunications as if it was a technical problem
>waiting technical solutions. It is not -- and it hasn't been since the mid
>It is a political and economic problem.
Taking this argument (with which I agree) into broader and deeper territory,
we in the industrialised nations are removing ourselves further and further
from physical reality. I mean this in the sense that we create a perceived
reality that is not directly based upon the real world.
As an example, the cost of telecommunication services is not calculated on
resource usage or difficulty of providing that service. As Stewart points
out, telecommunications is now a political and economic problem, and neither
discipline has much to do with reality or logic.
Trying to base a charging system on voice/data differences is meaningless
and will lead to confusion and distortions.
Selling Telstra to those who already own it is a distortion.
Putting a value on Telstra's community obligations is arbitrary - what do
you want it to be and the acountants will justify the number.
We have insulated ourselves from many of the forces of nature and the
physical world. Our political and social systems are based upon arbitrary
and often self contradictory policies, laws and concepts.
Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on the impact it has) nature has a
habit of ignoring the assumptions and follies in our unreal world.
The reason for this rather philosophical musing is a suggestion that we
should be careful not to ignore reality and logic when we formulate our
systems and laws.