Blogger’s Block – No Burgers, No Web 2.0, Just Wiki

Grrrr! I can’t seem to find anything Web 2.0 related to write about. At least nothing recent. So…

Food News:
Rougue States in Dupont Circle, one of my favorite places to nom, closed down because white-collar curmudgeons didn’t like grease fumes seeping into their Armani suits. That’s pretty interesting in my opinion (although it makes me upset that such a fine burger place is getting taken off of the menu in the restaurant that is DC). I guess I’ll have to go to north Dupont to BGR, or wait for Go Burger to open up right across the street later this year.


Web 2.0 News:
Other than that I’ve been reading up on the history of Wikis and the emergence of the masses taking over where the encyclopedia professionals left off – in small circles huddled around hard-cover books mumbling about changes that won’t take place until the next decade.

It sounds dramatic, yes, but this is the impression I got from the stories about how Wikipedia sprung up in 2001; a cheeky experiment to see if an encyclopedia made by anyone could help with the creation of new articles for an encyclopedia made by  professionals. As it would turn out, Wikipedia ended up being the better option.

Why? To put it succinctly, it’s because Wikipedia had more contributors who wanted the site to succeed than detractors who wanted the site to fail or become a fortress of rebellion and naughty language.  This behavior is much akin to how neighborhoods work try to stay prim and perfect. The thought is that the more people care about the neighborhood, the less likely it’ll turn into a “bad” neighborhood with crime. Of course this is a very large generalization and doesn’t take into consideration socio-economic status, race, class, etc..

However, it seems to be working when all these things are not involved. If you’re a dog with broadband, no one else gives a crap whether your a dog (just don’t forget to cite your sources…and pick up your dog crap from my lawn).

Insightful Thought in 3…2…1…
The ability Wikipedia has in kicking the ass of the professional and giving power to the “people” is only due to the fact that the user community has a vested interest in what the site represents and what their thoughts represent (which is the historical record of mankind). This is how Yelp works as well. The power of Yelp is created by the user community. In the end, just like in your neighborhood, the actions of the community are as narcissistic as they are noble. Picking up trash in your neighborhood and mowing your lawn are acts that make both you and your neighborhood look like nice places to hang your hat. Multiply that by 100 and form it into PTA meetings with bake sales and boring late night Wednesday meetings and you have yourself an aware  public who’s looking out for the best interests of the place you call home.

Random Thought in 3…2.

Hey, weren’t we talking about burgers?


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