17 June 2006

Jaron Lanier's got a (different) problem

That being: everyone (myself included) is mis-reading his essays. According to BoingBoing, Lanier never accused Wikipedia in his essay and in fact specifically exempted many internet gatherings from [his] criticism, including the wikipedia. His argument is more against how he feels that Wikipedia is perceived, not against how it functions:

No, the problem is in the way the Wikipedia has come to be regarded and used; how it's been elevated to such importance so quickly. And that is part of the larger pattern of the appeal of a new online collectivism that is nothing less than a resurgence of the idea that the collective is all-wise...

Yeah, Wikipedia may be overly-trusted by some, but isn't that a flaw of the whole internet?

[ posted by sstrader on 17 June 2006 at 2:08:23 PM in Culture & Society ]