This website might just be my favorite new waste of time, perhaps even more than Conservapedia. Careful, not all that safe for work!
Here’s a spiffy entry from Josh Hadro’s blog at the Library Journal Insider, about the NY Comicon and one of my favorite cartoonists Gary Panter. It may only be of interest to comic book nerds, err fans, but I do think Hadro’s summary of Panter’s Rozz Tox Manifesto could be loosely applied to some aspects of librarianship (the debate between open source and Microsoft comes to mind) as well as to artists in general.
“Artists should embrace capitalism as a mechanism for distribution of their work, and that they can actually be more effectively subversive by getting their ideas into the mainstream than they can by railing against The System from the fringes, trying to persuade others to their cause by the sheer conviction of their belief.”
Here’s an interesting article from Slate.com that seems to pretty much counter most of my arguments about the wisdom of prediction markets from my earlier post. Although he doesn’t say anything about them being less accurate than polls, so I may still have a point there somewhere.
I found this article recently, and was shocked to see how many Chinese citizens were okay with the way the government controls the internet. Who’d have thought?
This article should be of concern to anyone interested in the fate of user-generated information. I guess the silver lining for Wikipedia is that it could be making millions through advertising if it wanted, so it’s not likely to disappear anytime soon (though its principles might.)