The Importance Of Living On The Edge (Or The Unimportance Of Lie Detector Tests, Federal Judges, Not Being Charged With A Crime)
The center collapses.
That’s part of the age we live in.
The center collapses in a family and a little girl ends up dead.
But maybe that’s not what happened.
Maybe the center of our media collapsed.
The people we trusted painted the story wrong destroying a family (twice) in the process.
And where were the true answers be found?
The police worked on a tip done by a professor who did his own research on the case.
Despite thousands of journalist all over the world, the answer wasn’t found in the center.
No, the center collapsed.
The answer was found on the edges.
No matter what part of any major institutions around today you choose, you won’t find the answers in it. In fact the deeper you go inside the less likely you’ll find anything of real value.
There’s no blame. It’s just the way of 20th Century institutions in the 21st Century universe.
What’s valuable today is different.
Fred Wilson showed an example of this when he talked about using old ways to partner with companies like Flickr or Google.
The center collapses in noise and the real answers are found on the edges.
Umair calls what companies need today edge competencies.
But not just companies need them.
We all do.
Here’s the deal.
Everyone knows the same things.
Google’s value isn’t it’s search engine.
Flickr’s value isn’t in uploading photos.
Just like your value isn’t in what you do.
It’s in who you are.
But those guys don’t even see them.
They aren’t even building a social network, per se. They have other plans. (I promised not to tell but it’s different than you expect.)
They realize the value is not in the center.
Which brings us back to Jon Benet.
Everyone thought that someone in the family was guilty because that’s what the center told us.
Despite the fact that the family passed lie detector tests.
Despite the fact that the police never charged them with anything.
Despite what a Federal Judge decided.
We assumed the media center knew what it was talking about.
And the scary thing that they could be wrong again.
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