Patrick Byrne: How will this age be remembered?
Patrick M. Byrne is the CEO of the Internet retailer Overstock.com. Byrne received his B.A. from Dartmouth, studied at Cambridge University as a Marshall Scholar, and earned a PhD in Philosophy from Stanford University. He co-founded Overstock.com in 1997 and became CEO in 1999. In 2005, Byrne initiated a controversial campaign against "naked short selling" in which he accused a "Sith Lord" and various financial firms of sabotaging Overstock's share price. Byrne also serves as head of First Class Education, an education lobbying group that seeks to require that 65% of all educational spending be spent "in the classroom." A strong proponent of school vouchers, Byrne spent almost four million dollars in advertising for a bill that would have given Utah residents who enroll their children in private schools taxpayer-supported subsidies. The bill lost, 62-38%.
Patrick Byrne: This age? I think it will be a ___________. Well I think that this has persisted and gotten as bad as it is only because of different kinds of capture. And there’s powerful, you know, structures of power and authority as __________ would say; although I think he . . . But I’m a believer that there are classes with . . . and groups who have captured the mechanisms of government; and maybe more importantly, captured the methods of discourse – of popular discourse. What’s great about social media is it bypasses that. It bypasses all these central . . . centralized hierarchical systems of power and authority. If there’s a chance to get to work our way out of it, it’s through social media and the Internet.
Recorded on: 10/29/07
Government and discourse has been co-opted; media can get it back.
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