Monday, March 26, 2012

Wiki and you

Dear Susan Cain,

As a beginning entrepreneur in todays fast growing world of technology, I agree with many valid points within your article, "The Rise of the New Groupthink", and a lot of those points resonate within my newly founded adventures.  Ideas that flow through introverts are truly greater at times than what would be introduced through group collaboration and it is at times something I go through myself at times.  The type of tasks that has to be taken care of or brainstormed about is a very important factor when it comes to group work vs working alone.  I believe that at times, being alone in a though process is really important and at times having a group to share ideas with is helpful as well.  I, myself, have found that collaboration at times is very helpful, but at times it can be a very over cumbersome to endure during the process of working together.  I might find that I might not have the individual needs to complete the idea, and might have to resort to using collaboration as a tool.  This is great to get the idea done, but with others now involved, it changes in ways I might have not wanted it too.  Companies can sink or swim on the idea of group work vs working in solitude.  

Andrew keen article, “The Great Seduction from the Cult of the Amateur”, the idea of web 2.0 and the collaboration of that media has used to create a quality drop in the information that we, as users, are used to viewing and accepting as legit information has become all too apparent as web 2.0 was introduced.  The quality of information through collaboration has become deteriorated and in a sense, shady.  The idea of information overload can lead users of web 2.0 to become distraught and more tensed about accepting information as being valid.  This can also be seen with the use of Wikipedia since the beginning of web 2.0.  Within the Clay Shirkly article about Wikipedia, collaborative work can be seen in full force within a web 2.0 setting.  The idea of letting the masses create information for others is huge and has its benefits and faults.  The improvement of material on Wikipedia over time has made Wikipedia a big deal over the years.  As spoken within the article, little revisions over time have helped with error checking even just for grammar.  This tends to go against the idea from keen that media is intent on destroying our ability to comprehend information as quality or just BS.  People are willing to collaborate in a web 2.0 setting to set information straight from those who might have diluted the quality of information online.  It seems that people can filter the information overload from web 2.0 and work together to help create a cohesive information repository where information can be taken from all over the internet and filtered into information that can be somewhat trusted. 

So the idea of collaborative work can be seen throughout the internet and web 2.0.  The best and worst of solitary work vs collaborative work can be seen through the online world in web 2.0. 


Carlos Feliciano

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