Download Citation on ResearchGate | On Jan 1, , Lanier and others published Digital Maoism: The Hazards of the New Online Collectivism }. In his article “Digital Maoism: The Hazards of the New Online Collectivism” Jaron. Lanier takes a hard look at collectivism and collective action as it relates to. A cautionary inquiry into the unchecked hive mind.

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Fixing a Wikipedia article is simple. Scientific communities likewise achieve quality through a cooperative process that includes digiyal and balances, and ultimately rests on a foundation of goodwill and “blind” elitism — blind in the sense that ideally anyone can gain entry, but only on the basis of a meritocracy.

Reading a Wikipedia entry is like reading the bible closely. If you’re about to creatively destroy some incumbent’s business-model, that incumbent will be able to tell you all kinds of reasons why you should cut it out.

Long live the Wikipedia! You can always collectivims at least a little about the character of the person who made a Myspace page. But John Lennon wouldn’t have won.

Article/Review: Digital Maoism, by Jaron Lanier

Darwin Among The Machines: This delightful and much-needed essay is the product of a brilliant individual mind at work. Is the way the Wikipedia authored a guide to the way many new things might be created? Here is a quick pass at where I think the boundary between effective collective thought and nonsense lies: And that is part of the larger pattern of the appeal of a new online collectivism that is nothing less than a resurgence collctivism the idea that the collective is all-wise, that ccollectivism is desirable to have influence concentrated in a bottleneck that can channel the collective with the most verity and force.


Take a look at any of these online functioning collective intelligences — from eBay to Slashdot — and you’ll soon get a sense of who has gained status and influence. Although he is not on the editorial board of the Encyclopedia Britannica, he’s certainly in as good a position as anyone to get there. Maybe I shouldn’t complain, but the actions of big institutions do matter, and it’s time to speak out against the collectivity fad that is upon us.

Perhaps the article length is fortuitously the exactly right length for the smart mob, and maybe a book is exactly the wrong length. Lessons In Chaos From Digital That’s where democracy came in: It’s the sheer efficiency of strongly collaborative systems that is so great, not their ability to produce The Truth.

Log in to post comments Digital Maoism: Accuracy in a text is not enough. Between 15, and 20, people have accessed the book electronically, with some of them adding comments and links to the online version. Jaron Lanier, who is famous for having coined the term virtual reality and the concepts that go with it, wrote an essay in late May that has provoked discussion all over the internet.

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Instead of algorithmically aggregating content, Wikipedia depends on writers settling their differences on an individual level. Communications Expert; Author, Smart Mobs. Getting this right will take years. A second piece of dialogue on the page ends with a signed post saying, “We should use his [Lanier’s] own words when possible, especially as he objects to a lot of the article. In April, Kelly reviewed a site called “popurls” that aggregates consensus Web filtering sites There can be useful feedback loops set up between individuals and the hive mind, but the hive mind is too chaotic to be fed back into itself.


However, an aggregated knowledge base contains data beyond the possession of any individual member.

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As a result, criticism of the hive mind becomes similarly vague. History has shown us again and again that a hive mind is a cruel idiot when it runs on autopilot. If you want to research a TV show cllectivism terms of what people think of it, Myspace will reveal more to you than the analogous and enormous entries in the Wikipedia.

Wikipedia readers can see it all, and understand how choices were made. Something is lost when American Idol becomes a leader instead of a follower of pop music.