Nice article here explaining how the real story is that MP3’s patent has expired, meaning that it’s now more accessible than ever.
“MP3 is supported by everything, everywhere, and is now patent-free. There has never been another audio format as widely supported as MP3, it’s good enough for almost anything, and now, over twenty years since it took the world by storm, it’s finally free.”
It seems like, between this article and another I recall reading, asking dissenters to explain their viewpoints in as much detail as possible usually leads to more middle ground rather than less. Thoughts?
If corrective facts only make matters worse, what can we do to convince people of the error of their beliefs? From my experience, 1. keep emotions out of the exchange, 2. discuss, don't attack (no ad hominem and no ad Hitlerum), 3. listen carefully and try to articulate the other position accurately, 4. show respect, 5. acknowledge that you understand why someone might hold that opinion, and 6. try to show how changing facts does not necessarily mean changing worldviews. These strategies may not always work
Great article and project here. Quick read with a bit of fun computer history and an inspiring tone.
“These devices have a real opportunity to introduce a great many more young (and not-as-young) minds to our field, but let’s not have their experience be a restricted, blinkered view of technology.”