Wikis - authorship, accountability and "the hive mind".
- **Anyone who is interested in the development of collective
intelligence, the use of wikis, the Internet etc, is likely to find the
essay ** // below worth reading.
I share the concerns expressed regarding the importance of authors
taking responsibility and being easily identified. In my opinion there
has to be "a someone" (or in some cases a small group of people)- an
editor, a group leader, some real named person who is ultimately
accountable for the accuracy and "slant" of what is published - and it
should be obvious to readers who that accountable person (or group) is.
The Hazards of the New Online Collectivism* /[5.30.06]/
By Jaron Lanier
/The hive mind is for the most part stupid and boring. Why pay attention
/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, that it is desirable to have influence concentrated in a
bottleneck that can channel the collective with the most verity and
force. This is different from representative democracy, or meritocracy.
This idea has had dreadful consequences when thrust upon us from the
extreme Right or the extreme Left in various historical periods. The
fact that it's now being re-introduced today by prominent technologists
and futurists, people who in many cases I know and like, doesn't make it
any less dangerous./
* An /Edge/ Original Essay *
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