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January 18, 2005


Bruce McHenry

Thanks, Rebecca, for your professional report on how conference was organized and the conferees selected.

I have spoken out at s few Berkman Thursday evenings and last month's I+S conference that blogging is merely a waystation on the way to processes that create collaboratively constucted resources for news + authoritative context. I repeatedly pointed to Wiki technology as a sign of things to come. Might that have something to do with the reason Jimmy Wales is headlining on Saturday morning?

Jimbo and I are thrashing out the philosophy by email and phone. I am trying to direct the co-founder of Wikipedia to focus on compensation and motivation, the elephant that seems to be invisible just now. Since this conference is focused on credibiity, these topics suggest a gathering which should take place in a couple of years. It would be certain to take a harder edged look at credibility and professionalism that will cut both bloggers and journalists to the (momentary) delight of academics.

All will be transformed when reliability is determined by the challengeability of the resource, not the brand appeal of the publisher, author or university.

I look forward to seeing you in the future.


Rebecca MacKinnon

...and thanks, NTodd. Life is indeed too short to be taken too seriously.


hey, nobody called me!

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