takes on the notion that the Wikipedia will only succeed if it installs
the gated quality controls that govern open source software projects:
How they differ, and the reason software development requires rigorous
quality-control, is that code has dependencies. Writing code is
but it isnt a feature embodied in code, it is embodied in the group. I
know of no goal of being authoritative, but the group voice that
emerges on a page with enough edits (not time) represents a social
authority that provides choice for the media literate. Carr could
create a Wikipedia page to help define what 'pure democracy' is to help
him answer his rhetorical question but a wiki is just a tool, and
Wikipedia is an exceptional community using it.
"Keep in mind that most wiki use is behind the firewall where there is
an organizational hierarchy and norms in place. There it taps into
similar economics, without the great debates on social truth, and for
the competitive advantage of firms.
"Back to values, when you tap into the renewable resource of people in
mass collaboration, allocated against the scarcity of time, driven by
social signals is this not of greater benefit for social and economic
welfare than the disruption that created mainstream media in the first
place? Im glad we agree with Carr on the facts of the disruption. If
we can get past the misunderstanding that there is a value difference,
we could maybe focus on the right policies that will help us in years
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