+<h2 id="departing_pope_about_twitter">What the Departing Pope Taught me about Twitter/etc.</h2>
+I am not a big fan of the Roman Catholic Church, or the Roman Catholic
+religion, but I think we may learn a few things from the departing
+<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Benedict_XVI">Pope Benedict XVI</a>.
+The first is that he decided to depart before his death, due to bad
+health, which I believe is an admission that
+<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethical_egoism">Ethical egoism</a> has
+some merit, and that if he will continue to serve despite his health problems,
+it will be bad, not only for him, but for the Catholic church as well, because
+his bad health will prevent him to function properly as a pope and a leader.
+But the more important anecdote about the departing pope, is the fact that he
+opened a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twitter">Twitter</a> account
+which made many people laugh, because Twitter and similar forms of text-based
+communication mediums such as Facebook or Google Plus were then
+held in much contempt. But should they?
+Throughout history, there has been a trend towards communication mediums that
+were quicker to write (had easier “on-ramps”) and yet produced results that
+were of lesser quality. Back when the
+<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alphabet">Alphabet</a> was created for
+<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoenician_language">the Phoenician
+language</a>, and later on adopted in various variations by languages of
+close proximity, including Greek, Aramaic, and Hebrew (which started as a
+dialect of the proper Canaanite language), it seemed like a crude, sloppy,
+hard-to-read glyph system, that was used and abused for some really low-life
+drinking, being happy and jolly, spreading vicious rumours, erotica, depictions
+of violence, silly jokes, and even blatant descriptions of incest. If you don't
+believe me, then read <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hebrew_Bible">the
+Jewish Bible (= the Tanakh)</a> with a critical eye, and you’ll find all those
+things there and more. Some people were probably hoping that it will be a fad,
+and the Cuneiform will be used for years to come.
+The same thing repeated itself thousands of years later with the Print, which
+as we know helped bring the Renaissance,
+Protestant Reformation</a>, the end of the Earth-centred theories of the
+universe, and many other subsequent changes, including the fact that you now
+read this word that was originally published on a web site. The Roman Catholic
+church has survived this change, but it is now very different than it was
+when Gutenberg invented the print was invented.
+So: Cuneiform → Alphabet → The Printing Press → Early typesetting systems →
+Word Processors → Early HTML/Web 1.0 → Blogs/wikis → “Social networks” such as
+Twitter, Facebook or now - Google Plus (which were inspired by the unadorned
+text that people have been writing in text-based Usenet posts and
+E-mail messages). Will the Roman Catholic Church survive in the
+“Twitter age”? Hard to tell, but Pope Benedict XVI understood that it should
+embrace such social networks and recent trends, if it intended to make the
+best of the situation. And since then, social networks have only become more
+We can see similar progressions in other forms of media (e.g:
+Comics → Web comics → Captioned images (e.g: lolcats)). All that put aside,
+newer media does not completely eliminate the need for an older one, and
+while cuneiform is no longer usable,
+<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sofer">Jewish scribes (Sofrey SeTam)</a>
+still write some manuscripts by hand, very slowly (and costly), because
+their quality cannot be high enough.
+Nevertheless, it is important to embrace such technological changes, and that
+is one thing I will always be grateful for the departing pope.