Comments: When I hear the word "Wikipedia", I reach for my flame-thrower

Another name for a game in which everybody loses is a Greek Tragedy.

What we learn from Drama Theory is that an enemy is someone whose backstory we have not yet learned.

It's something of a challenge to transform a Greek Tragedy into a Romantic Comic Opera.

There is a notion (from the Peacemaking Literature) to this effect: If you want Peace, work for Justice.

To which I say: If you want Justice, work for Mirth.

Posted by Moulton at April 19, 2008 08:50 AM

"masses of powerless people working for free while a tiny, tiny, elite..." as if any industry that came before was any better?

Posted by Peter Davis at April 19, 2008 08:50 AM

Seth, when you write "while a tiny, tiny, elite makes out like bandits", in what way, specifically, is this elite group making out? Are they somehow making money from their elite status?

My understanding is that Wikipedia is a non-profit, and it doesn't have a revenue model (at least as of yet). So in what way are this small group of people reaping rewards from the effort of thousands of others?

Posted by Danny Howard at April 20, 2008 03:44 AM

Moulton: "Hubris" is definitely a factor.

Peter Davis: This is why there are things like "unions" and "labor protection laws". The intense practical hostility to such ideas, among A-listers, tells us something very important about which interests they serve.

Danny Howard: Jimmy Wales's affinity for the high life is not in dispute. He hasn't been very successful in personally monetizing Wikipedia, but e.g. see articles like
With Wikia, a Wikipedia founder looks to strike it rich

Posted by Seth Finkelstein at April 20, 2008 10:30 AM