For you Wiki junkies out there…

If you haven’t already seen it, there’s a really fascinating conversation going on at Edge about whether Wikipedia represents a negative manifestation of the “hive mind,” whether meta-everything is really the best direction for web (and perhaps epistemological) development, and a multitude of other social-computing-type issues.

It’s all building off a long essay, “Digital Maoism: The Hazards of the New Online Collectivism” by Jaron Lenier; the commentary (which is perhaps even more interesting than the article itself), contributed by the likes of Clay Shirky, Yochai Benkler, Cory Doctorow, Dan Gillmor, and so on, is also at Edge, here. There’s also some more commentary (and pointers to yet more), at if:book, which is where I heard about it in the first place.

I really can’t see that I’d have much to add, considering who’s already talking, but reading it has quite engrossed me…I recommend it.


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