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15
Mar
08

The last two weeks in the arXivs…

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27
Feb
08

This week in the arXivs…

27
Feb
08

Today’s fortune cookie and some randomly interesting bits…

Einstein argued that there must be simplified explanations of nature, because God is not capricious or arbitrary. No such faith comforts the software engineer.
— Fred Brooks

24
Feb
08

The century of self…

BBC documentary by Adam Curtis: How Freud’s theories were used to try and control the crowd in an age of mass democracy.

  1. Part 1
  2. Part 2
  3. Part 3
  4. Part 4

Enjoy… []’s.

24
Feb
08

Desaquecimento Global

Mario Persona falando sobre política global — alguém sabe dizer quem é o segundo maior produtor de armas do mundo?!

Vodpod videos no longer available. from www.youtube.com posted with vodpod

23
Feb
08

Experimental Philosophy…

Vodpod videos no longer available. from bloggingheads.tv posted with vodpod

22
Feb
08

Today’s fortune cookie and interesting bit…

Here’s the fortune cookie:

Never offend people with style when you can offend them with substance.
— Sam Brown, “The Washington Post”, January 26, 1977

😈

As for the interesting bit: Architecture is politics: community building and the success of Wikipedia.

I found this post (by Michael Nielsen) quite interesting, but maybe not for the reason people normally would: I just thought the “thesis” of this post was something well known. What I mean is the following: a framework like Wiki, Zope/Plone, Drupal, etc, they all have different modus operandi, i.e., they were all designed to harness the power of the collective in slightly different ways. That means that each of these designs follows a different “policy” of community building; while some may think that every single user should have the same “weight”, some may adopt the policy of ‘roles’, where different groups of users have different tasks within the community.

This is not a judgement of value of these different frameworks. However, each of them imply certain “choices” that were made with a given “community building ideal” in mind. So, in this sense, it seems clear to me that the particular architecture of the software used should reflect the “politics” behind it.

But, maybe this is clearer to me because of all those years listening to RMS… 😉

[]’s.

Updated (24-Feb-08): This piece at Slate may have something to add to this discussion: The Wisdom of the Chaperones: Digg, Wikipedia, and the myth of Web 2.0 democracy.




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