I know all the reasons why law can never be written by know-nothing amateurs. But having already changed my mind once on this, I am slow to jump to conclusions again. The Wikipedia is impossible, but here it is. It is one of those things impossible in theory, but possible in practice. Once you confront the fact that it works, you have to shift your expectation of what else that is impossible in theory might work in practice.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
How high can it go?
From the department of cool graphs, here's one that depicts the growth of Wikipedia:The depth of Wikipedia's articles is often staggering--195 articles cited in the reference section on the 9/11 attacks, for instance--but breadth is the site's real comparative advantage. Does Brittanica have an entry on hyphy? I think a lot of people are still skeptical of Wikipedia, but it seems incontrovertible that it's a force for good, and perhaps even one of the crowning achievements of the internet. Kevin Kelly was once a skeptic, but changed his mind: