ARG vs Wikipedia vs Blogosphere

Bryan Alexander, Infocult: Information, Culture, Policy, education, Aug 16, 2005
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Bryan Alexander offers a good analysis of the Jamie Kane controversity, an incident in which the BBC, in the course of staging a distributed alternate-reality game (ARG), appeared to use Wikipedia to promote its product, creating controversy and accusations all round. Alexander correctly identifies this as a Web 2.0 controversity, and while noting that the criticisms raised questions of trust and reliability, points to how quickly the user-authored media quickly self-corrected. The big question is whether user-authored media can respond not to isolated media events such as Jamie Kane but to the barrage of commercial content that is sure to follow.
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