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Saturday, December 31, 2005


Jeff Harrow’s comment on the encyclopedia issue. 
 Change is certainly a constant, and looked at from the perspective we had 20 or 30 years ago, frightening, when nothing should be considered a constant.  Looking forward, however,  exciting and challenging.  Thanks Jeff.
One Person Can Change The World. Overnight. To me, this is a wonderful example of the virtually overnight emergence of a phenomenon that was never even contemplated by those who participated in the growth of the Internet. It's an example of the power of a single individual's concept to rapidly change (eventually to decimate) an entire long-established and once profitable industry by suddenly eclipsing much of its relevance. And it's also an example of how an empowered, global, volunteer community can choose to take the reins of improving the accessibility of human knowledge across a vast spectrum of topics. The encyclopedia industry was blindsided. They never imagined that they could be marginalized, much less by the antithesis of their long-valued process of expert editors and verified content experts. In a way, this is similar to what happened to be best buggy whip manufacturers when the automobile replaced the previous common mode of transportation.This is a Big Thing.”  Read the whole article


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