“Wikipedia, the encyclopedia that “anyone can edit,” was a nice experiment in the “democratization” of publishing, but it didn’t quite work out. Wikipedia is dead. It died the way the pure products of idealism always do, slowly and quietly and largely in secret, through the corrosive process of compromise”
Heh. Provocative post title, however I don’t think Wikipedia has died. I think the idealistic notion that free-for-all publishing results in “quality” has died, which is the real point I think Carr is making.
Sounds a lot like DMOZ, eh. Hopefully Wikipedia will find ways to reign in the bureaucratic editorial control, which really will kill Wikipedia if left unchecked, while still keeping quality levels high. A tall ask, of course.
For the record, I like Wikipedia. I find it more useful that not. Good enough.