Gideon Rachman, who’s been blogging over at ft.com for about a year now, wrote a fascinating little teaser on why he loves Wikipedia. While commenting on the “big division of opinion between people from the rich world and from the developing world”, Gideon states:
But people from Europe and the US were oftenÂ more inclined to “Keenian gloom”. They talked about the spread of pornography, gambling, cults — and the destruction of the business models of traditional media and with that the collapse of vital sources of authoritative information”.
I find that fascinating. An avenue that I hadn’t considered deeply enough. There are so many nuances I experience when I read that sentence of Gideon’s. I start wondering whether “western” use of the web for pornography and gambling is really about cultural decadence rather than the availability and proximity I had assumed. I start wondering whether the developing world’s enterprises will derive value from Enterprise 2.0 and social software much earlier than their developed world counterparts, a legacy effect I hadn’t considered before. I start wondering whether the developing world will leapfrog the developed world in the use of social software in general, as they are appearing to do in the mobile and wireless contexts. I start wondering.
That’s why I like being Confused. Thank you Gideon.
An aside. You may have noticed I have carefully avoided linking to anything on or by Mr Keen. I don’t do link-whores.