Tuesday, July 24, 2007

editors and writers

i've been both, and everything i've ever wanted to say about the experiences, even as they continue to happen, appear here in this article.
Some utopians may dream that an anarcho-Wikipedia model will prevail, that a vast self-correcting democracy of amateurs will end up pointing readers to the most worthwhile pieces. But that is only "editing" in its crudest, most general form -- it's really sorting. In the chaotic new online universe, the old-fashioned, elitist, non-democratic system of sorting information will become increasingly important, if only because it enforces a salutary reduction of the sheer mind-swamping number of options available. The real problem is glut, and it's only going to get worse.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like a good beer or a great plate of chili fries, a simple declarative sentence is hard to find.

Mr. D

7/24/2007 8:03 PM  

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