Liz Gannes

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The Last Place in America That’s Not Politically Polarized: Wikipedia

Though in the lead-up to today’s election news organizations somehow kept unearthing supposedly undecided voters to interview, today’s American political discussion is in fact ridiculously polarized and unfriendly — on TV, on blogs, on Twitter, on Facebook and IRL. But Wikipedia editors, it turns out, can get past their differences and have reasonable discussions across party lines about controversial political topics. That is, according to a study by researchers from USC and the Barcelona Media Foundation, found via the Wikimedia blog.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work