This is just a short "episode" wherein I ponder the nature of showmanship and razzle-dazzle regarding the success or failure of FOSS, and other projects that require collaboration. Your comments and opinions are ACTIVELY encouraged.
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Comment #1 posted on 2017-11-15T18:24:33Z by Klaatu
There are two types of people in the world: those who are attention-getters, and those who are not.
The right combination of an obnoxious, over-excited, supremely-networked attention-getter plus [any given project] results in *zeitgeist*. Whether that zeitgeist is justified does not enter the equation.
Zeitgeist procreates; the more people stricken with it, the more it builds in volume and size. The more it grows, the more people get stricken by it.
What I'm saying is that you need a Popular Kid to champion your cause.
The problem is, you hate popular kids, and popular kids probably don't know you exist.
(And by "you", I mean "me")
Comment #2 posted on 2017-11-16T07:50:29Z by lostnbronx
Merit will always be secondary to charisma when it comes to the success of projects and individuals. Routinely, people in professional environments that have no business being where they are, and who can't even do their jobs correctly, continue to move upward.
It's the nature of attraction. The cult of personality, when the media is involved -- and media is involved in everyone's lives now, to some extent.
I don't think there's a solution, except to seduce or blackmail the popular kids over to your side.
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