There’s been a swirl of controversy around the Wikipedia, summarized nicely by Ross Mayfield. Back in July, I added substantially to the article on T.E. Lawrence and since have fixed a couple of little typos and errors here and there. Maybe the Wikipedia is a short-lived fad, maybe it’ll get better, maybe it’ll get worse, but I was surprised that nobody pointed this out: The Wikipedia is beautiful. It’s an unexpected and unexplainable triumph of collective creativity and of order over entropy. I hope it lasts a long time, and those who criticize it Just Don’t Get It.

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