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In my mind, 'e-' and 'o-' represent two very different things - electronics is a medium or a tool, whereas openness is a target, or a purpose. That is, I think there's a danger of embedding too many *norms* in to the terms we use. E-stuff describes *how* we do stuff, O-stuff sounds like a *what* we should do.

While I agree that we need discussion around the latter much more, currently, than the former, I also think people tend to be "put off" by systems that impose a certain aim. The popularity of the "E-"ness is that it can be taken and used by anyone for their own ends. Hence, you can have e-citizens, but should you have o-citizens?

Personally, I hate the e- prefix anyway. I'll try and coalesce some thoughts some time soon on that..

Graham - I agree e- and o- are two different things. However, I see o- as a style, approach, set of values and so also part of "how" ... while e- is mainly tools but sometimes gets presented as more than that. As usual we need to ask the "why" and "for whom" questions as well.

Do you think there's a danger of turning a drive for "openness" - which certainly needs a debate around it anyway - into a "brand", almost?

Personally, I try to use e- prefixes as little as possible, as I don't think they really serve to help matters (maybe that subective "magic ingredient" you mention). I fear a danger of "branding" values might turn into a situation much like the drive for "team-building" and "innovation" within business. That is, a fake, almost-enforced push for desired values without understanding that they're merely the tip of an iceberg - the *results* of other, more "bottom-up" philosophies and behaviour that are "harder" to examine so... "scientifically".

Kind of thinking out loud, but I'm basically still not convinced that applying labels to everything is the best way to push change through. That goes for e-stuff too ;)

Know what you mean, Graham. I suppose we could try real- new- :-)

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