Question : to what extent are these commandments used in the industry?
Commandment 9 is 'Thou shalt think about the social consequences of the program you are writing or the system you are designing.'
So much of the discretionary activities in so many industries are being taken over by pieces of software - and the ethical questions cannot be asked in the case of bad outcomes. Do we have some kind of audit available to make sure that the people we trust to program our software are actually aware of the moral codes that our industry would like to uphold?
Here is Christine Rath's ideas on why his essays are wonderful.
"Paul Graham understands the essay, and it's history, and he resists the kind of writing that is peddled in our schools.
Too many classes teach young writers to prove a point, when exploration is the key to essay writing. The essays we are taught to write in high school and college, are, as Graham points out, relics of writing's intrinsic relationship to law. We teach our kids to use writing to *prove* a point, when in reality there are topics which don't have one answer or another. Forcing a student into falsely upholding a binary argument can stunt their growth as a writer or worse, as a thinker--especially when we ask them to write about morally complex subjects.
However, teaching writing without the judicially-inspired 5-paragraph structure-- 1. thesis 2. supporting info 3. supporting info 4. supporting info 5. counterpoint, restate thesis--is not an easy undertaking. It takes faith and rigor and it's harder than using the boiler plate format."
Sreela Banerjee's insight:
Here is what I think - to have the courage to write a real 'essay' is to demonstrate how very brave you really are - because you are setting out for everyone to see 'a whole other world' which you have chosen to explore in public. The best essay is an exploration in progress, and a joy to read - why? Because it gives an authentic insight into the person's thought process... there is nothing more intimate, nothing more satisfying. One of the key life skills is to allow yourself to live openly - and as an exercise it may be useful to write an essay - a real essay, not a school exercise defending some position or hypothesis.
The Future Of Online Education Forbes Editor's Note: This interview is one in a series produced by the Skoll World Forum with the participation of today's leading thinkers and innovators in education.
Sreela Banerjee's insight:
Its not that the material is not available any more. . . look at the variety of knowledge we can access. The challenge today is to make the person, who will have the self discipline to make this information his/her own. . . to work unsupervised, unnoticed, and make something of himself. Here is the url for the platform - http://cnx.org/contents/30189442-6998-4686-ac05-ed152b91b9de
The person who will drive home this knowledge is the person who has a personal story to tell about how this knowledge was useful in his work - a person from Industry or commerce.
Excerpt from the article by Moz Blog: "Before you go on the hunt for inspiration all over the Internet and elsewhere, turn to the resources around you and realize that you can create exceptional content with what you already have at hand.
Thinking of content topics doesn't have to be such a long and grueling undertaking. Use the following starting points the next time you need an idea.
Here are the main sections of the article:
Individual achievement;Tools;Lists;Internal resources;Industry;How-to;Company culture;Educational series;Events;Research;Theories;Higher-level overviews;Promotional;Seasonal;Out of the box.
Whether or not you decide to use these exact ideas, I hope I've given you some directions to explore. Think hard, collaborate with smart team members, and make these your own.
No matter which post topics you choose, remember to infuse these ideas with personality, data, and insights that only you and your brand can offer. Publishing content that provides value no one else can is what truly leads to the traffic, social shares, and links you crave..."
This is great for anyone starting out - and in the life skills arena, this has to be a contributor, because in today's world of work, content marketing is a major skill.... leading to website traffic and sales. Should we be setting this as an example to work at, to our young apprentices ?
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