Site etiquette indicates my first toot should be by way of an introduction. Seldom comfortable tooting my own horn (pun intended)* I'll keep this brief(ish).

I am a philosopher and historian based in Sydney and currently a doctoral candidate at the Business School; researching Edmund and his implications for executive leadership.

I chose to undertake my study in a business school, grubby though commercial ends may seem to elevated minds, because Burke was an intensely practical thinker. As he noted:

'‘The End of learning is not knowledge but virtue; as the End of all speculation should be practice of one sort or another… [for] Knowledge is the Culture** of the mind; and he who rested there, would be just as wise as he who should plough his field without any intention of sowing or reaping.'***

In this context, it seems fitting to attempt to apply Burkean research to practical ends.

I am also a passionate advocate for technology reform, which drew me to Mastodon, as I do not think unrestricted access to an individual's data is necessary for the provision of services. , , , , and co. are all demonstrating that FAANG methods are not the only viable way of providing digital connections.

*Thinking intended puns, I am always reminded of the joke about a man who entered a local newspaper's pun contest. He sent in ten different puns, in the hope that at least one of the puns would win. Unfortunately, no pun in ten did.

**Culture in the original sense of ploughing for sowing later.

***Burke, A Note-Book of Edmund Burke, 82-83.

@rw Welcome! It will be great to have you Drop me a line anytime if you have questions or just want to chat.

@rw Hi there. I spent my last 15 years in Sydney before beginning my UK working holiday this year. I was a UTS student though and more of an Inner West person rather than North Sydney. I look forward to more toots from you.

@rw That is a great post. Well done and welcome. Glad you chose to be at Qoto.

Hi Sir,

Nice intro and very funny. 🤣
("no pun in ten did")

I completely agree that "unrestricted access to an individual's data is necessary for the provision of services."

Here in France, the government is going to use an app (Stop Covid) that can send your whereabout to US through Google Recaptcha...

So whenever I can, I use services that I feel are safe (so no Zoom, Fb, What's App and the like...).

G'day to you.


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