Joi just doesn’t get it: Taking a 180-degree turn from the spirit of Jeff’s post election pledge, one of my favorite bloggers, Joi Ito, blogging from Japan, is saying, “Americans have failed” the world today.
It was close, but the Americans have chosen Bush. It’s a sad day, but in a democracy, you get the politicians you deserve/vote for. This was your chance to change your leader and you have failed. For awhile, many of us thought that you had been conned into voting for Bush. That you didn’t know he wanted to be a War President. Many people didn’t equate the US policies with the people of America. Now US = US Citizens. You have my sympathies, but it’s still your fault.
Rather than lose my status as someone who disagrees agreeable, I’ll not blog what I think about Joi’s sentiments…nor some of the elegant irony I see in his reaction to how Americans fail when they vote rather than participate in, I don’t know, an IRC session. (Oh, wait, that sounded disagreeable.)
My theory: The majority of Americans I know who live within 100 miles of the Atlantic or Pacific or Lake Michigan (and Joi), don’t understand Wal-Mart (Joi may, I’ve never seen him comment on the topic) or what motivates the sensibilities of the rest of us. Americans have not failed you, Joi. Come to Nashville (perhaps the next time our mutual friend Jun makes one of his regular visits) and we can discuss it on-the-ground.
I still think you’re a great blogger.