Tag Archives: mediocrity

Optimization theatre

The evolution of a society is an arms race between the fragile evolution of false consciousness myths and the robust evolution of mutually assured mediocrity equilibria. That’s how you slouch towards utopia.

Venkatesh Rao, one of the most genuinely original and iconoclastic thinkers there is. If you wanted to write a story about a consultant who cheerfully and openly undermines the litany of assumptions about how the consultancy business — and indeed all business — works, and yet continues to to be a pretty successful consultant, this is your source material. (And boy, is there a whole lot of it, too.)