I did a lot of stuff at Notacon 3. I helped get a radio station up and running. I was in a game show. I moderated a panel on Hacker Media. And I did two presentations, one on a history of Podcasts and one called The Great Failure of Wikipedia, a sequel/elaboration on the weblog entry I put on here, so very long ago.
Today, I uploaded The Great Failure of Wikipedia to The Internet Archive. You can find a link to the presentation here: The Great Failure of Wikipedia (April 8, 2006). It’s in a bunch of formats, from WAV to OGG to FLAC to multiple forms of MP3. It can be downloaded and it can be streamed.
I’m very happy with this speech. Like others, it was done off a prepared-on-paper-then-memorized outline, with parts added and deleted as I went, depending on crowd reaction and final consideration. I hit all the major points I wanted to; if people agree or disagree, they’re doing so based on what I said, not what I forgot to say or didn’t mean to say.
People get a little emotional about Wikipedia and some attacks may come as a result of this, but oh well. I’m over it. I consider this one of the better presentations I’ve done out of the dozen or so I’ve given at conventions. And I don’t give the same speech twice, so this is it. I can live with it, especially considering how well this one came out.
A lot of people thought I was going to attack Wikipedia as being “wrong” and something that should be “stopped”, which is a useless argument/approach to take, especially if you’re into freedom of expression. My main thesis is that Wikipedia’s initial design and architecture, which is now changing constantly, failed to take the reality of humanity and the way people interact with information into account, and in doing so, has wasted a nearly-incalculable amount of energy and has betrayed, to some extent, it’s promises, credo and goals. You know, minor stuff.
Anyway, check out the speech and enjoy it. I certainly enjoyed presenting it.
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