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Incremental v.s. radical innovation: incrementalism makes forms that are likely to work because they’re based on what worked before, but are locked into the past; radical innovation creates new forms that are likely fail but in rare cases, change our lives beyond imagination.

“A picture is worth a thousand words.” — A frightful cliché, but perhaps it contains some interest. Naively choosing a picture over words is to avoid delayed gratification. An audience built thus will be fickle, in that they can always find faster gratification elsewhere.

Some philosophies and world-views seem to be incompatible by design: one tell is the redefinition of common words, which frustrates conversation and learning. The goal of incompatible philosophies appears to be the same as incompatible technology: a captive audience.

When lamenting how hard it is to communicate across divides, remember TCP/IP: this suite of protocols, powering the Internet, is essentially an agreement 1. to collaborate and 2. on how to do so, facilitating universal communication, despite language, nation and politics.