Zune is going to take over the music industry any day real soon now!
Or the paperweight industry. Mine is functioning perfectly in this regard. In fact, it holds papers down way even better than my Ipod. Apple still has a fight on its hands. Grab some popcorn guys, this is going to be good.
I have personally been the beneficiary of privilege that came from the vast majority of the US being owned and controlled by others of my demographic but, honestly, who gives a fuck if we start losing ground or dying off?
Feel free to volunteer yourself for the front lines then. I however don't want to sacrifice myself or my wallet in the name of making everyone equal. You're naive if you believe that neutering yourself makes the downtrodden despise you less.
Open collaboration systems like Wikipedia need to maintain a pool of volunteer contributors in order to remain relevant. Wikipedia was created through a tremendous number of contributions by millions of contributors. However, recent research has shown that the number of active contributors in Wikipedia has been declining steadily for years, and suggests that a sharp decline in the retention of newcomers is the cause. This paper presents data that show that several changes the Wikipedia community made to manage quality and consistency in the face of a massive growth in participation have ironically crippled the very growth they were designed to manage. Specifically, the restrictiveness of the encyclopedia’s primary quality control mechanism and the algorithmic tools used to reject contributions are implicated as key causes of decreased newcomer retention. Further, the community’s formal mechanisms for norm articulation are shown to have calcified against changes – especially changes proposed by newer editors.
Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding.
Yes, but anger and intolerance are the allies of the winners.
"Consequences, Schmonsequences, as long as I'm rich." -- "Ali Baba Bunny" [1957, Chuck Jones]