Irony (i·ron·ee) n.
- The use of words to express something different from and often opposite to their literal meaning.
- Incongruity between what might be expected (say) and what actually occurs (do)
I have read with “interest” Medsphere’s most recent press release and the community’s response to it.
Besides the irony of “the leading provider of open source technology for the healthcare industry” having to explain to its employees what its position is regarding open source (by posting a press release, nonetheless), one must also consider why they are having to explain it in the first place. Perhaps Medsphere’s motivations are the requirement to answer for their “betrayal of the community“, about “losing the faith“, and about their monumental identity crisis. There probably are 50 million other reasons why they are being forced to do so as well.
While I could spend a (few) thousand words describing the situation, let me accomplish the same objective with a single picture: