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Saturday, July 24, 2004

Wants v Want-nots  

Arnold Kling:
Hal Varian once sent me a note about one of my essays in which he said that rather than a distinction between 'haves' and 'have-nots,' the real digital divide is between 'information wants' and information 'want-nots.'
Some days, it seems like the political divide is between explanation "wants" and "want-nots" (because the latter already have a Procrustean Universal Theory which every new datapoint is made to fit).

Spurred in part by the utterly predictable partisan* reactions to the ongoing Wilson/Clarke/Berger character-assassinations/implosions. See Belmont Club for a useful example of seeing connections in an unexpected conceptual framework while withholding a larger judgment pending further information.

*I'd prefer a term analogous to bi-coastal, expressing the similarities of the two extremes as against the unconsidered space in between, but bipartisan connotes the opposite. Ambipartisan, anyone?

posted by Kelly | 11:53 AM link