Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Wikipedia As An Example of Spontaneous Order

Jimmy Wales invented Wikipedia (it currently has 1.6 million articles in English), and he remains its reigning local deity. Despite that, Wikipedia actually happened because it was allowed to happen. Rather than specifying at the beginning what the rules would be, Wales let the community evolve its own rules, in response to real needs.

From the current issue of Wired Magazine, "Wikipedia Is Just the Start: An Interview With Jimmy Wales"

See the entry for "spontaneous order" on Wikipedia.


At 5/30/2007 12:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wikipedia developed as a response to the left's need to write history on the fly. These are the people George Orwell described in 1984. Orwell envisioned a state so powerful it could make history malleable to its needs. Technology has done away with the need for the massive machinery of a state to rewrite history.


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