by Asim Jalis
Nicholas Carr appears to be an example of someone who comes up
with ideas, but not with implementations:
Max McKeown is another such person.
This weekend I spent some time googling Arundhati Roy, who
appears to be another example. Here's what I found out. She
studied architecture in school, then fell in love, moved to the
beach and sold cakes for a few years. To cut to the chase, she
largely unnoticed until she started writing controversial
articles, in which she attacked members of the Indian
The general idea here seems to be that going against the
mainstream and being a passionate trouble-maker can be an
effective strategy for getting noticed.
Max McKeown also stands out by speaking his mind and feigning a
kind of indifference to consequences. He is the kid who cries the
emperor has no clothes. For example, his talk at Microsoft was
called Why People Hate Microsoft. While almost anyone could have
given this talk, no one else did because: (a) they assume
Microsoft knows why, or (b) they assume Microsoft would not be
interested in finding out why.