Friday, December 15, 2006

Wikis for Democracy

I'm impressed by the new idea that wikis can be used to allow citizens to directly write and revise legislation. Since I, myself, enjoy editing wikipedia articles and correcting factual or grammatical errors, I am sure that wiki legislation writing would find a following. It is interesting to think that although we thought the ancient polis was dead, all citizens can potentially participate directly in governance once again, thanks to technology.

The entire wiki phenomenon impresses me, in that it serves as a means to create (or rather recreate) the collective voice. Ancient epics such as the _Mahabharata_, _Sundiata_, and the _Iliad_ and _Odyssey_ were collectively told and the beautiful stories that result are an accretion of the wisdom of multiple storytellers. Who knows what beautiful works of art, of science, and of culture that we will create by collaborating? We will just have to wait and see...


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