On Citizendium, Larry Sanger and Clay Shirky.
As a long time reader of Corante I can say that, truthfully, half the time I don’t get it. Well I might "get it" if I understood it. They use lots of big words. Ontological. Stuff like that.
Yet Clay is one brilliant guy. And when speaking he does seem to simplify to the point of understanding. I like his belief in folksonomy. I wish he wrote like he spoke. Be clear.
Larry? Passionate? Yes. And a far greater success in the online world that my current ventures so I tip my hat to the man. Yet again I am not sure I follow his thoughts on the subject. And I believe communication is first a burden on the communicator.
My take on all of this is simply that we need both a House and a Senate in Congress, similarly we need both a Wikipedia and a Citizendium in knowledge management. The thinkers and the populace should both get a vote. The answer is somewhere in the middle.
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I have been studying video formats and standards lately (yes, part of my job). I like knowing the standards. We all do. Example:
Q: "I want a portable music player. What should I buy?"
That simple. That is what positioning and branding is about. So, to break down the specifics:
Q: "I want the best HD system available. What should I buy?"
A: "1080 Progressive Scan."
OK, the second example doesn’t have a brand name. But just knowing that 1080p is the "one", that is helpful to me. Same for the folks at the xBox 360 who now support 1080p. Yea!