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June 18, 2005
LA Times Wikitorials - One Day Later
Well, its has been more that 24 hours since the LA Times Wikitorial went live. Has it been a success? The answer is a resounding "Yes!" That is, if you're interested in left-wing banalities. The editorial has forked, as I thought it might. The left-wing version is a bloated, rather less temperate version of the original editorial. A couple of snapshots (and why is the title now "Dreams About"?) (Dreams About War and Retribution) :
We propose an international peace conference to promote peace, democracy, and reconstruction in Iraq. To this end, we have asked the Senate and House of Representatives to pass a resolution demanding this administration to immediately request the UN Security Council to convene such a conference. If you support this proposal, please write to your senators and congressmen. We, the American people, have the power to facilitate the process of ending this war and to create a just peace in a morally responsible manner.
There is also Dreams About War and Retribution - Hank Reamy's Rewrite
. We need a wikitorial for this? Why not simply slap a Creative Commons
license on the editorial and encourage people to rewrite on their own blog.
To balance things out, if by balanced you mean a pathetically lame counter argument, there is Counterpoint to Dreams About War and Retribution.
I hope that the LA Times is paying Jimbo Wales, since he seems to be putting in the most effort to correct the vandalism and keep the wikitorial at least somewhat on track.
I'm all for experiments, but there are better ways to bring the community into the paper.
The LA Voice live blogged the wikitorial (Dogs & Cats, Living Together: Times Launches Wikitorials).
Editor and Publisher (whose webpage - or more likely, some stupid ad - does something nasty to my browser - Firefox - and runs the CPU at 100%) talks to LA Times Editorial and Opinion Editor Michael Kinsley, the man behind the changes, on how it is going so far ('Wiki' Era Dawns at 'L.A. Times': Chaotic, But Kinsley is 'Loving It').
My original comments on the concept: Wikitorials: A Dubious Idea from the LA Times.
Question Technology: The First Wikitorial:
It looks like it's evolving into a pamphlet of everyone's favorite lefty anti-war screeds rather than a concise editorial. (Most of which screeds I agree with, just for the record.)
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