Quote of the Day - Society, my dear, is like salt water, good to swim in but hard to swallow.
- Arthur Stringer
The LA Times suspended its new feature, Wikitorials, built on the concept of wikis, or open source editing, where people can post freely and edit each others' posts.
The experiment didn't work. Why not? Foul language and other inappropriate comments, according to the LA Times. It seems that we as an internet society just can't get along.
Reactions ranged from "I'll be damned" when it started to "well, you knew this was coming" when it ended.
Apart from the stereotypical reactions, why did the experiment go wrong? Why, especially, when Wikipedia works so well? Perhaps it's the difference between facts and opinions. Maybe it's as simple as that. We know how to check facts but can we ever agree on each others' opinions?
Apparently not without thought police.