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Re: <nettime> A Puff Piece on Wikipedia (Fwd)
Andreas Broeckmann on Wed, 1 Oct 2003 17:27:36 +0200 (CEST)


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Re: <nettime> A Puff Piece on Wikipedia (Fwd)


dear florian,

thanks for forwarding this. i have been wondering about the different 
notions of 'openness' that are flying around at the moment and the 
often blind assumption that whatever is open must be good. (it is 
probably more in analogy to the marxist discussion about 'doppelt 
freie Arbeit/doubly or dually free labour (engl.?)' which has, eg, 
been discussed on the german oekonux list; make a start at
http://www.oekonux.de/liste/archive/msg04799.html)

maybe, what is boils down to, is that 'open' does not mean 'right', 
'just', or 'fair', but open, and that the wiki-dreams can also only 
last for a while ...

greetings,
-a


>Forwarded, with permission, from my friend tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE. -
>I think this raises interesting questions about the integrity and
>politics of open content, collaborative online projects and knowledge
>repositories.

>Subject: A Puff Piece of Wikipedia
>
>Dear Florian, 
>
>It appears that Wikipedia is used as an advertising outlet
>for "elite institutions".  Note the alterations I made
>to the Johns Hopkins University entry below.
>I'm sure you'll be able to pick them out. 
>They're only in the 1st paragraph. 
>My additions were replaced w/in 23 minutes! 
>I suspect that a PR person for JHU monitors & polices
>all content relevant to them.

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