One of today’s most important voices

Nobody challenges me or influences my thinking these days like Doc Searls. I read The Cluetrain Manifesto a few years back and was drawn into his amazing mind at that time. At this point in my life, there is no one alive today that I’d rather spend some quality time with than Doc Searls.

Like me, he’s an independent iconoclast. Neither of us ever really “fit” into the boxes that life seems to demand. We both (seemingly) learned everything in life we know after the age of 50. If you took the time to deconstruct my work, you’d eventually find Doc somewhere along the path.

That said, here are two recent pieces of his work that ought to stimulate your mind.

This essay, Getting Flat, part 2, Doc has called “the most important essay I’ve written in years.” That alone should make it required reading for thinking people.

This series of slides from his presentation at lesBlogs in Paris a couple of weeks ago clearly illustrates his position that we ought to stop using the word “content” to describe what we make. Speech is protected, he notes. Content is not.

If you’re unfamiliar with Doc, these two links are a good introduction. He also writes a daily blog that is listed in my blogroll. His voice is one that resonates deep within my soul, and I can’t possibly overstate my recommendation to readers of this blog.

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