You know that scene in the old horror movies where one of the female characters is hysterical and the female lead slaps her to snap her out of it? That’s what came to mind reading this post by Dave Winer, explaining why Barack Obama does, in fact, represent change. The entire post is must-read for Obama supporters, but here’s my favorite idea:
"Think of it like this. One day you’re using Windows and wake up the next day and all your computers are running Mac OS X. It’s still a computer. It’s still fundamentally the same experience. But it works a bit more logically, and you don’t get in trouble as often. It’s not foolproof, but it’s a bit better."
I’ve been put off by some of Obama’s recent moves, and people are lining up to tell me, "See!? See!? He’s no different! He’s just another politician! Don’t you feel like a chump now?"
Actually, I feel more like the father who’s son keeps getting the shit kicked out of him on the playground and finally gets up and kicks the bigger kid in the balls. Playing nice only works when everyone is doing it.
If the only change we get from Obama is he’s not Bush… that will be enough.