We got an inevitably short reply to the post below from Professor Lessig via Twitter, which I’ll repost here mainly as a demonstration of how surreal policy debate feels when done in six word bursts.
I wrote on twitter, linking to my critique of his essay “Against Transparency”: “@lessig says the US open gov movement has grown too powerful & may have gone too far. We disagree: http://bit.ly/27C3q “
Lessig replies and rebroadcasts our summary (but drops the link to the post explaining our position): “wow. did @lessig really say that? RT @GlobalIntegrity: @lessig says the US open gov movement has grown too powerful”
I reply: “@lessig u say “Like the decision to go to war in Iraq, transparency has become an unquestionable bipartisan value.” Not flattering (or true)”
I reply further “@lessig Thx for RT but you cut link to explanation http://bit.ly/27C3q which isn’t very sporting.”
I can’t decide if I should be delighted that we have this channel to engage in debate, or dismayed at the context-free nature of it. Maybe both?
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— Jonathan Eyler-Werve