Weblog Archive >  2006 >  May >  25 Previous/Next

Scripting News, the weblog started in 1997 that bootstrapped the blogging revolution.
Permanent link to archive for Thursday, May 25, 2006. Thursday, May 25, 2006

Top Podcasts is a new readout of the most-subscribed-to podcasts among Share Your OPML users. Obviously just getting started, with only 117 subscribers for the top-rated podcast, but numbers are interesting, imho.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Randy Morin: "The coolest new happening in Web 2.0-land in that last month is Share Your OPML." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Apparently, Web 2.0 is a trademark. CMP sent a letter to an Irish conference on June 8 using the term in its name, demanding that they cease and desist. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

According to Google, the term "Web 2.0" appears 79,400,000 times on the web. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

NY Times: "Viacom now has an explicit policy. In a section on confidentiality, it states that the employee is 'discouraged from publicly discussing work-related matters, whether constituting confidential information or not, outside of appropriate work channels, including online in chat rooms or blogs.'" Permanent link to this item in the archive.

4/26/06: "Of course what I wanted to talk about is Rather becoming a blogger. He said that [Viacom] discourages it." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Nick Bradbury: Pick a Format (Any Format). Agree. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Instructables is a "community for showing what you make and how others can make it." 

Ross Mayfield says that Nick Carr is the new Dave Winer. I imagine he intended this as an insult, but I'm happy to be compared with Carr, if he's going to keep challenging the sloppy thinking so typical of technology hucksters. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

XML-RPC is getting new respect from Microsoft and Linden Labs. It's always been a popular site, lots of implementations, it's rational, easy to use technology that works well. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Realistic expectations for Wikipedia Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A picture named kong.gifThe comment thread that followed Nick Carr's piece about Wikipedia illustrates the mistake of the most zealous Wikipedia advocates, they fail to set expectations accurately, and then, when someone like Carr takes their hype at face value, they attack him for not knowing how Wikipedia really works. It's a Catch-22, they attack because he believed them. Sort of makes people reluctant to discuss Wikipedia.

In this case, Carr said that anyone could edit any piece at any time. That's certainly the core element of the hype around Wikipedia. Now we find out that there are limits. The advocates say this was always true. Carr thought it was a change, and he can be forgiven for that, because the very same zealots told us it was so.

This is the dangerous anti-intellectual side of Wikipedia.

It's valuable, it really is, I point to Wikipedia articles regularly, but always with an implicit caveat. I can't be sure that the article I point to today, that I believe is accurate today, will be accurate tomorrow.

A picture named canterHead.jpgNow if the strongest advocates of Wikipedia would start talking realistically about the weaknesses of the approach in addition to the strengths, the utopian stuff, we might be able to work together to improve it. But there's no evidence of that in the latest round.

Postscript: Carr says it's time to bury the mythology surrounding Wikipedia, and I couldn't agree more strongly.

Sitting by the river Permanent link to this item in the archive.

The Chinese have a saying that if you sit by the river long enough, the dead body of your enemy will come floating by.


Last update: Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 11:50 PM Eastern.

Dave Winer Mailto icon

Comment on today's
Scripting News

Community Directory
A picture named folder.gif On this day in
A picture named folder.gif Share Your OPML Top 100
A picture named folder.gif OPML Editor Docs
A picture named folder.gif Scripting News Archive
A picture named folder.gif Open Irish Directory
A picture named folder.gif TechCrunch reviews
A picture named folder.gif MAKE Mag Feeds
A picture named folder.gif Amyloo's community car roll
A picture named folder.gif XML-RPC Directory
A picture named folder.gif Tim Post's Tomorrow
A picture named folder.gif LibriVox
A picture named folder.gif News.Com Top 100
A picture named folder.gif BloggerCon III Blogroll
A picture named folder.gif Public Radio podcasts
A picture named folder.gif iPodder.org directory
A picture named folder.gif Memeorandum
A picture named folder.gif DaveNet archive
A picture named folder.gif Scripting News sites
Click here to view the OPML source for this directory.

Click here to see a list of recently updated OPML weblogs.

Click here to read blogs commenting on today's Scripting News.

Morning Coffee Notes, an occasional podcast by Scripting News Editor, Dave Winer.

May 2006
Apr   Jun

Click here to see an XML representation of the content of this weblog.

Click here to view the OPML version of Scripting News.


© Copyright 1997-2006 Dave Winer.