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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Let's Be Disruptive!

Originally published at "PRT Is A Joke" IS A JOKE v.1
Words written with wildcards (***, !!!, etc.) was the way we originally wrote
Ken Avidor, Ken, and Avidor.

One of *** ******'s Talking Points is that PRT is

an excuse by pro-highway/anti-transit Republicans... to block funding for [conventional transit]. This is why, perhaps, Taxi 2000/Skyweb Corporation's leader, Ed Anderson, refers to PRT as a "disruptive technology". Source
He thinks "disruptive" means destructive. But it's been well documented, here and elsewhere, how *** doesn't understand what the term means -- basically, enter the market at a low level, then move 'up'.

And here's another example of someone who DOES understand it: National Geographic--

If prices continued to drop, solar cells might change the whole idea of energy by making it cheap and easy for individuals to gather for themselves. That's what techies call a "disruptive technology."

"Automobiles were disruptive to the horse and buggy business," [PowerLight Corp.'s] Dan Shugar says. "PCs were disruptive to the typewriter industry. We believe solar electric systems will be disruptive to the energy industry."
Source: "Future Power," National Geographic, Aug. 2005

We can find a parallel in ***'s position in Google. He's been so busy cruising the internet, posting links to his own web pages in blogs and discussion forums, that if you Google "PRT," *** is in the first page of results. That is a strong 'market' position. So, PRT supporters, let's practice some disruption of our own, and move the targets of ***'s hate 'up market.' Do it by visiting these PRT-friendly sites and URLs as much as you can, every day:

:: "PRT Is a Joke" Is a Joke!
:: Skyweb Express
:: Citizens For PRT
:: ULTra
:: Councilman Dean Zimmermann
:: Dean Zimmermann Fact Sheet
:: Dean Zimmermann on Minnesota Public Radio
:: Interview with David Tilsen of Zimmermann For Justice (.rm)
:: Get There Fast Seattle PRT site
:: Get On Board! PRT Seattle PRT site

Erratum: 7004 visitors

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