Knol

Tue 8/12/08 5:03 PM
I think it is interesting to note that our (corporate) media’s primary focus is on the issue of how Google’s Knol might adversely affect businesses that produce products and content. They question whether there is a conflict when the search provider is also the content/product provider. What they completely ignore is the fact that there may be a conflict if a search provider is a commercially motivated enterprise at all. The question is never asked, and would seem completely out of place in the conversation—yet for me that is the critical question.

Wikipedia is not perfect, but look how much better their coverage of the Georgia conflict has been compared to any single commercial media outlet. Academic institutions are far from perfect, but compare the food pyramids from US Department of Agriculture with those of Harvard School of Public Health. Now think about what Knoll will be like in 10-20 years or the differences between a commercial search engine like Google and one that might have been independently developed and run by MIT.

And think about all the people and institutions who complain about these public services and what their interests are.

Oh, and speaking of the decline of the public, here is yet another travesty from the former National Public Radio, but Now Privatized by Republicans. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/frances-moore-lappe/npr-misses-real-story-pla_b_117744.html

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~ by severalfourmany on August 12, 2008.

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