In recent times I’m talking to a lot of people about the social media revolution. Invariably I’ll mention Wikipedia, Flickr, Blogs and SecondLife. Blogs are easy to explain with the diary analogy. But wiki is bit counter intuitive. I usually bring in the traditional Car Festival analogy( not to be confused with the politically motivated Rath Yatras) to explain that Wiki is not a new concept but the good old Car Festival spirit in action with a technology spin.
The democratizing power of the social media is reflected in the blogs and wikis and the endless web2.0 trends. Individual freedom( reflected by blogs) and collective action/progress( reflected by wiki/wikipedia) is indeed advancing democracy( to democracy2.0; one day I will kick the 2.0 habit 🙂 .
Jimmy Wales whose initiative brought alive the Wikipedia is going to be there at BlogCamp.in. His/and the Wikipedia communiti’s vision is to make the wikipedia available to every person in the world. And they are ready to bridge the digital divide to get this done.( Wikipedia in numerous regional languages is a good example of how Wikipedia community is addressing the digital divide by bridging the language divide). Since bidging the digital divide is close to my heart, I’m thrilled such an event is organized. Now it is kind of routine to expect such quality events from the Knowledge Foundation, the cheerful energetic folks that brought BarCamp, BlogCamp, Proto.in.
Will there be a discussion on Digital Gandhism?
Will there be discussion on the future of Digital Commons?
I’m holding my breath!