FW: Save the Demon!
Ben.Forsberg at capella.edu
Thu Feb 17 18:55:26 GMT 2005
Mike Jakubik said:
> Oliver Fromme said:
> > > I'm not seeing a problem here. Beastie is not a religious icon,
> > not is it intended to be one.
> > Right -- but it looks like one. And every now and then
> > there are people who are offended by it because of their religious
> > bias.
> Boo Hoo! Use Linux then, or is the Penguin sacrilege to your religion
> too? Religion has no place here. Lets not divide and make wars over
> like in real life.
Or maybe the best approach would be to start a religion that fears wavy
colored squares. I think that would work.
Actually, what I think is this: People are irrational and are deeply
affected by marketing. It used to be that the Neo-Classical Economic
assumption of a Rational Consumer was only a small fiction. Now, since
information is a commodity to be bought and sold the same as grain or
pork bellies, this ideal omniscient consumer is even further from
reality. There is no other way to explain why the market leader in
operating system is technologically thirty years behind its competition
(Windows 2000 finally implemented some features made modern in
MULTICS!). I think, therefore, that rationally explaining to people
that Beastie has no religios import and that they shouldn't be offended
is not a viable solution. Just like rationally explaining to people
that McDonalds' food is not really very good for you or that Nike
doesn't actually make the shoes it sells doesn't seem to make much
difference in peoples' buying patterns. People will think what they
want to think and will make economic decisions (including the decision
not to spend money on an operating system) based on whose packaging has
more colors and who's got the slicker TV ad. Saying "FreeBSD is a
better operating system" only gets you so far, no matter how true it is.
For my two cents, I am a Christian, I have my Beastie Amor window sitter
set to start automatically in my KDE profile because I like to see him
there (goddammit, he's cute), and I think this contest is a perfect
But I'd still pay tithes at the Church of Salvation From Evil Wavy
When I accidentally sent this directly to Mike instead of to the list,
<snip/> I do agree with you though about marketing. Indeed FreeBSD
should have a nice logo, i just didnt like the fact that people were
bringing religion in to the decision process.
Which I thought was a sane rebuttal and ought to be made a part of my
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