by Clay Shirky
at Many 2 Many
on why he sees the never-ending debate about Wikipedia
to be a matter of fundamental differences in thinking is just brilliant, and it probably has a much broader scope than just technology innovations. Here’s a couple of choice quotes:
When thinking about technological change, there are two kinds of people, or rather, people with two kinds of maps of the world radial, and Cartesian. Radial maps are circular, and express position in relative coordinates angle and distance from the center. Cartesian maps are grids, and express position in absolute coordinates.
Anything that was bad at Point A and is still bad at Point B gets factored out of the radialist critique. Any change where most of the bad things are still bad but a few of the bad things are somewhat less bad seems like a good thing to us, and if it can happen in a way that requires less energy, or better harnesses individual motivation, that seems like a great thing.