The Great Failure Of Wikipedia presented at Notacon 3

by Jason Scott (textfiles.com ),

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Summary : Your Moment of Audio Zen: A History of Podcasts for "The Great Failure of Wikipedia"
In just a few short years, Wikipedia, the anyone-can-edit, anyone-can-fix collection of articles, has become a juggernaut. In its current incarnation, it has achieved a reputation as a good, effective source of knowledge and facts, maintained by an army of researchers, experts, and just plain folks working together towards founder Jimbo Wales' goal of "A world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge."
There are naysayers and skeptics, and there are fans and supporters. Jason is a little of all of these, and in a quick-paced talk will discuss what he has learned studying Wikipedia for about a year; its advantages, disadvantages, and most importantly, how much we can learn about the nature of human interaction and communication from it, in a world where information is becoming a part of our bloodstreams and subject to the same fears of contamination.
Wikipedia will fail, but it will do so in the sacrifice of a greater good, and we will have been better off for what it will teach us. Let us have a rousing wake.
for "Your Moment of Audio Zen: A History of Podcasts"
The name either excites you or makes you cringe (Hey, maybe it does both) but the fact is, Podcasts are now the hot new thing. Jason Scott provides a quick history of the podcast, as well as its predecessors, its likely replacements, and how the world is likely to look back on this explosion of home-made radio. Subjects covered include pirate radio, shortwave, "Push" technology, the weird birth of RSS, and where things got entirely out of hand.