Wikipedia and the Two-thirds World
Jimmy Wales founder of Wikipedia was reported widely (e.g. on BoingBoing
) as saying that the totally open encyclopedia "may soon be available in print for readers in the developing world
Stephen the Greenflame
(in an email) pointed me to this cartoon
. Which prompted me to think about other ways in which this is surely "stupid idea of the century
". Think what a print edition of Wikipedia will cost, any estimates of the number of zeros? My guess is that (at least in NZ$ if not in greenbacks) you'll need three. Now, for $1,000 you could get a cheap PC, with a DVD of Wikipedia, which could be updated every six months for peanuts. A print Wikipedia is inappropriate technology
Jimmy, don't take something that (almost?) works and by imitating the past make it a useless prestige project - because that's what a print Wiki would be!