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Don’t be a technology lemming

Posted By Steve Johnson On 23 January 2013 @ 12:55 pm In Autodesk,Cloud,Customer Service,Fail,Fun,Other Blogs,Spin | 16 Comments

In response to Shaan’s variant [1] on the old “if you question the value of any change you must be a Luddite” argument, I was going to write a lemming-based parody. I didn’t, mainly because I didn’t want to perpetuate the lemming mass-suicide misconception [2]. Instead, I’ll answer the point more directly.

Autodesk will acheive better success in convincing customers about Cloud computing and other concepts by actively and interactively engaging with them. Addressing their specific and legitimate concerns has a chance of success if the concepts have merit. Insultingly likening customers to allegedly stupid animals isn’t going to convince anyone.

Besides, the point has little validity. Armadillos have 20 species, are currently dramatically increasing their territory in North America, and have been around rather longer than humans. Maybe we should wait until we’ve been around a few tens of millions of years longer before we get too cocky about how terrible those stupid armadillos are at surviving.

Edit: Shaan has responded [1] to this post on his own blog, deleted my reply and closed comments. He seems rather upset about something.

Edit: …and has now restored my comment and opened comments again.


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[1] Shaan’s variant: http://autodesk.blogs.com/between_the_lines/2013/01/dont-be-a-technology-armadillo.html

[2] misconception: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lemming#Misconceptions

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