J'accuse! Digg'n with Pligg ...

by Cem Basman

Tim O'Reilly in a soap with Digg, Pligg, spanish clones, Digg, digging, ripping, stealing, Pligg, Pligg, Digg, false accusations, negative, but apparently true articles, Digg, Digg ...

This is a classic Web 2.0 problem: it's hard to aggregate the wisdom of the crowd without aggregating their madness as well.

Bloody hell! Alas! Read it yourself!



Every publishing medium has the challenge of weeding out deliberately planted stories, accidently falsehoods, and simple out-of-control enthusiasm. Newspapers print retractions . . . in a small box, several pages away from the front page. Letters to the Editor go all the way the back page.Television and radio don't do as well in redress, because they control the content and rate of delivery. Some news shows have a sort of final wrap-up commentary and review of past statements, but not many. In a few years, mainstream video and radio (in whatever form) media will have enough of an Internet presence, that I can expect this to change.

So, what I think is even more interesting than publishing fiction as fact, is that "Web 2.0" actually has a feedback mechanism that allows it to be self-correcting. This is wonderful. The Digg story becomes a new story, recast as defining the reality of the conflict.

Naturally, my comments deserve to be filtered through the scepticism of someone who lives and works in Washington, DC.

See you at Lotusphere.

Jack Dausman, 2006-01-11

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