Screw the Outsider

7 Feb

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9 Responses to “Screw the Outsider”

  1. Valerie Booth 7 February, 2010 at 9:33 am #

    Excellent! Thank you for this perspective.

  2. matt 8 February, 2010 at 9:47 am #

    so recognizing this kind of pattern is a part of understanding what they call “crowd sourcing?” I would imagine that it would be possible to predict the outcomes of these situations on large scales and eventually even influence them to a certain degree. Whether for good or ill would I suppose be up to the ethics of the person doing the influencing.

  3. Nigel 8 February, 2010 at 11:36 am #

    All I can do is smile. The feeling of rage that must be tampered – it’s been a while but that first week in Haiti did it too me allright.

  4. Ian 8 February, 2010 at 1:09 pm #

    This is all very well, but what I want to know is did you see the Superbowl in Haiti? lol

  5. nomad 9 February, 2010 at 1:57 pm #

    …except the shoes (which i really do get are a pain in the rear)… screw the outsider…

    in some cases the outsider really is dealing with more limited information though, and the question is whether you and your circle consider it to be doing more good than hard.. though perhaps the judgement in itself may be colored by the relative in and out of groups?
    and maybe, just maybe this isn’t too different from the way (in nature, not in scale) wars can unify nations?

  6. CC 20 February, 2010 at 6:36 am #

    So true and well written! The screw the outsider mentality certainly exists in Haiti (and has since???) and is one of the hardest things for outsiders to overcome in trying to “help”.


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