<CPOV> Welcome --> Conditions for the Possibility of CPOV?
geert at xs4all.nl
Mon Mar 15 10:14:36 CET 2010
On 12 Mar 2010, at 5:04 PM, Jon Awbrey wrote:
> | What are the conditions for the possibility
> | of critical points of view arising, surviving,
> | and thriving on the Web?
CPOV is about Wikipedia (and it is not...). The Web is a lot, these
days. The prime condition, in my view, would be lively communities of
people who care, who are prepare to fight and argue, who believe that
stuff matters. We have to fight indifference. This is why, in the end,
we of the cpov initiative believed that we should indeed have a list
like this. We cannot not presume that communities exist and do their
(good) work. Not even this one. Social ties as defined by Facebook,
Studi-VZ, Hyves and others will not do the job. In the case of
Wikipedia the question for me would be if it is possible to build up a
critical discourse outside of the small Western white male geek core
that makes out the Wikimedia foundation. Wikipedia as a unique project
deserves it to be more open, more diverse. But this will not fall out
of the skies. There is a user culture that needs to be changed. We
need better wiki software (a major update, please!), better interfaces
and more contemporary multimedia content. First and foremost, the
moderators will have to stop their harsh treatments of first
contributors. We need to train students, academics and professionals
to become regular contributors. This is all critical work to me.
Debates will have to be encouraged. What the net needs right now is a
rich discussion culture. Less insults and extreme opinions, more
rhetorics. There is an art of debating, and projects like Wikipedia
can help us to (re-)establish it.
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