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Wikipedia and Twitter, supporting open many-to-many communications and participation, form a new online commons. This supports a deliberative adhocracy slicing through geographic, ethnic and economic ...

Wikipedia and Twitter, supporting open many-to-many communications and participation, form a new online commons. This supports a deliberative adhocracy slicing through geographic, ethnic and economic classes. With this, journalism still has an important role, by guiding citizens towards wisdom at the top of the information pyramid.

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TEDxShanghai: New Online Commons TEDxShanghai: New Online Commons Presentation Transcript

  • The Internet’s New Public Spaces Andrew Lih The Wikipedia Revolution 15 June 2009
  • Old Media One Many In person Publishing One Phone call Broadcasting Letter to editor Many Call-in show
  • Web 1.0 Media One Many Email, SMS Email blast One Instant message Web site, CMS Feedback form Chat room Many Comments Mailing list
  • Web 2.0 Media One Many Facebook One LinkedIn Blogging (Discovery) Blog Many comments Wikipedia
  • Twitter One Many Direct One message µ blogging Many @username #hashtag
  • Commons One Many One Wikipedia (Knowledge commons) Twitter Many (Information commons)
  • Metaphors: Wikipedia Community names: village pump, forum, esplanade
  • Commons properties Open and accessible Navigable Human-oriented Safe Adaptable
  • Wikipedia and Twitter Community driven norms Situated (custom) software Fast adaptation Low participation barrier Public spaces/zeitgeist
  • Distinction “Free culture” and Creative Commons vs. Communications commons creating public spaces
  • Lessig “weirdly totalitarian” communications of the 20th century yields to “read/write”
  • M2M Information Pyramid ? wisdom Wikipedia knowledge / collaboration Twitter Information / messaging P2P, BitTorrent data / transmission
  • News industry Journalism not doomed Guiding the public to wisdom Fortune at the top of the pyramid?
  • A new digital commons has emerged as a global public space for discourse and deliberation, fulfilling a journalistic need
  • The old monolithic media giants will go away for good A modern and diverse news landscape will be re-constituted in these public spaces
  • Approach Democracy x Socialism x Deliberative adhocracy √
  • For China, a technology first adopted for entertainment, can be a deliberative space designed for social justice