QUOTE(Text @ Tue 29th October 2013, 11:35am)
Well, given the recent problems with data interception and spying on "allied" and "friendly" nations, carried out by well meaning people in the best democracy available on this planet, one could say that the master plan they had devised for several decades has finally come to light.
And the Web 2.0, including Wikipedia, is part of their plan. All the data was scattered on tiny little servers, but has been, and will be, grabbed and recomposed gradually to be shaped, manipulated, and diffused as needed.
Jimbo Wales benefited from this aggregating power, but the researchers, who designed all the architecture upon which Wikipedia resides, know its workings as he never will. They're ready to lead a new war, and all the eyes of the web will see for them.
Trivial information will be his, the most important theirs.
And the books of old, with all their knowledge, what can they do but burn?
Good post. Your point about the danger of concentrating information into one centralized database is a good one.