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Open Letter to the Aidonis Foundation Directorate

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Che Biko
Alexylva Paradox
#1 - 2013-12-02 23:23:01 UTC
Directors of the board of the Aidonis Foundation,

Since YC 10, the Aidonis Statue has been awarded to those that have significantly advanced the cause of peace and stability throughout New Eden. This is something that is most likely known to you, so why am I writing this to you?

Because this is something that, in my opinion, should be brought more into the limelight. Countless news broadcasts and articles are about war, and chaos, and death. Articles that bring hope and inspire people to create a better world are sometimes too few and far between, and often hard to find.
The Aidonis Statue is no exception in that regard. Although many people will probably find it easy to name high profile and controversial recipients of the award, such as Emperor Heideran VII and admiral Alexander Noir, I doubt many of those people will recall or easily find even one name of those who received the award since YC 109. It is more likely that they can find, if not remember the winners of the bloodsport called Alliance Tournament, or the death toll of the Seyllin disaster, or the number of people Sansha's nation uplifted in Umokka.

The past years, we have seen many things that could lead people to believe that the day that a durable peace will come about lies in a very distant future. I therefor request you to do your best future winners of the Aidonis Statue receive an amount of exposure fitting for their deeds. Do not be afraid to ask for help if financial means form constraints to do this. I think there are enough people who would be willing to aid in this matter.

Peace,

-Ché Biko
Eran Mintor
Furtherance.
#2 - 2013-12-02 23:45:07 UTC
I fully support this. More attention should be put on positive rolemodels.

-Eran
Dreygun
Alexylva Paradox
#3 - 2013-12-03 01:43:36 UTC
I concur peace is something rarely spoken of in New Eden.
Esna Pitoojee
Societas Imperialis Sceptri Coronaeque
Khimi Harar
#4 - 2013-12-03 02:03:36 UTC
I, also, support this initiative.
Anabella Rella
Gradient
Electus Matari
#5 - 2013-12-03 05:13:13 UTC
I back this initiative100%.

When the world is running down, you make the best of what's still around.

Shiki Mikkyou
#6 - 2013-12-03 08:54:16 UTC
A praiseworthy aim. In the spirit of fruitful collaboration, I voice my support.

All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain。

Leopold Caine
Stillwater Corporation
#7 - 2013-12-03 11:26:07 UTC
Have you ever thought of it that there aren't any people out there who deserve or should be granted one?

Or let me put it this way; if we go out there and give a Aiodonis just for the sake of giving out, don't we risk the award losing its worth?
We've already had one genocidal maniac given the award, I don't think the award needs any more discrediting to its name.

As a solution, if you want some positive role models, you can always get a job in The Scope's propaganda department and make some up. Problem solved.
  • Leopold Caine, Domination Malakim

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Ollie Rundle
#8 - 2013-12-03 13:06:56 UTC
Leopold Caine wrote:
Or let me put it this way; if we go out there and give a Aiodonis just for the sake of giving out, don't we risk the award losing its worth?


I don't think this is what Mr. Biko was advocating for.
Cuci Cairi
#9 - 2013-12-03 16:52:23 UTC
Are you asking for exposure simply for the sake of exposure? In this context, it would seem the individual is not what matters, but the action they perform. Why desire the celebrity of the one who committed the action? It seems like an unseemly method of attempting to counterbalance the news you do not like.
Anslo
Scope Works
#10 - 2013-12-03 17:37:00 UTC
Leopold Caine wrote:

As a solution, if you want some positive role models, you can always get a job in The Scope's propaganda department and make some up. Problem solved.

HEY!!! We're no-oh whatever.....
Clearly I'm not the peaceful type, but good luck on this project. Hope you get something out of it, Che.

[center]-_For the Proveldtariat_/-[/center]

Anslo
Scope Works
#11 - 2013-12-03 19:24:01 UTC  |  Edited by: ISD Ezwal
*Unfortunately only part of this message made it through the network intact. ISD Ezwal*

Che, do you have anyone in mind as an award candidate?

[center]-_For the Proveldtariat_/-[/center]

Jandice Ymladris
Aurora Arcology
#12 - 2013-12-03 19:32:39 UTC
I fully support this initative as CEO of the Aurora Arcology. Too few positive announcement have seen the light as of late.

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Ollie Rundle
#13 - 2013-12-03 23:32:45 UTC  |  Edited by: Ollie Rundle
Cuci Cairi wrote:
Are you asking for exposure simply for the sake of exposure? In this context, it would seem the individual is not what matters, but the action they perform. Why desire the celebrity of the one who committed the action? It seems like an unseemly method of attempting to counterbalance the news you do not like.


Why? Quite possibly because publicising the action while censoring the identity of the person who enacted it is a waste of time and resources when the goal is to provide a beacon of inspiration and hope to the masses.

In this context, could you explain in a little more detail what you judge unseemly about this method?
Che Biko
Alexylva Paradox
#14 - 2013-12-03 23:42:21 UTC
Anslo wrote:
Che, do you have anyone in mind as an award candidate?
Well, actually, I would prefer someone I did not know. Someone whose work has gone unnoticed.
But if that's not gonna be the case, maybe the Ishukone Corporation?
ISD Ezwal
ISD Community Communications Liaisons
#15 - 2013-12-04 00:21:01 UTC
Unfortunately several messages did only make it through the network in such a garbled state that they where effectively unreadable.
For clarity and readability, the messages in question have been omitted from this discussion.


((I have deleted several rule breaking posts and those quoting them. Please keep it on topic and in character.))

ISD Ezwal Community Communication Liaisons (CCLs)

Erys Charantes
University of Caille
Gallente Federation
#16 - 2013-12-04 00:22:41 UTC
This gets my vote.
Driselle
#17 - 2013-12-04 01:30:01 UTC
I've been watching the IGS ever since I returned to my pod about a month ago, and haven't seen anything but bad news. I'd fully support a return to something positive.

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Cuci Cairi
#18 - 2013-12-04 02:56:46 UTC
Ollie Rundle wrote:

Why? Quite possibly because publicising the action while censoring the identity of the person who enacted it is a waste of time and resources when the goal is to provide a beacon of inspiration and hope to the masses.

In this context, could you explain in a little more detail what you judge unseemly about this method?


By creating publicity and celebrity, one runs the risk of turning the actions into popularity contests. Instead of actions being performed for their own sake, a culture of celebrity and limelights can begin to outshine any work actually done - maybe even get to the point where words and celebrity alone could qualify someone to win such an award. Is this a guaranteed result? No. But it is a perpetual risk of publicity-based functions.
Katrina Oniseki
Oniseki-Raata Internal Watch
Ishuk-Raata Enforcement Directive
#19 - 2013-12-04 03:30:20 UTC
The Aidonis Foundation will need to work very hard for me to greet their return to the limelight with anything but disdain.

They can start by choosing their 'winners' more carefully.

Katrina Oniseki

Ollie Rundle
#20 - 2013-12-04 05:42:57 UTC
Cuci Cairi wrote:
By creating publicity and celebrity, one runs the risk of turning the actions into popularity contests. Instead of actions being performed for their own sake, a culture of celebrity and limelights can begin to outshine any work actually done - maybe even get to the point where words and celebrity alone could qualify someone to win such an award. Is this a guaranteed result? No. But it is a perpetual risk of publicity-based functions.


You're making a slippery slope argument then.

The Aidonis awards are not decided on via popular vote or publicity-based functions. The outcome is not based on who features more often in the lead-in celebrity stories of tabloid media operators. They are decided on merit by the Foundation itself and they often go to men and women that confound the popular opinion on who should receive them. They have been publically announced several times in the past and at no point did the outcome you note as a risk eventuate.

As such there seems to be little chance of it descending into the popularity contest you fear it will. These are some of the factors the slippery slope aspect of your position ignores, some of the factors which would almost certainly prevent the smooth slide from cause A to effect B.

Is it a risk? Yes, but one so negligible as to be insignificant. It is not a guaranteed result, it is not even a likely result.
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