The politics of knowledge

Presently, I am doing a little reading on the democratisation of content for the (now overdue) book. Just re-read Larry Sanger’s pieces on the politics of knowledge. The epistemology is a bit superficial, but the position on the place of expertise seems about right:

For these reasons, I believe experts should share the main responsibility of articulating what “we know” in encyclopedia projects; but they should share this responsibility with the general public. Involving both groups in a content production system has the best chance of faithfully representing the full spectrum of expression. To exclude the public is to put readers at the mercy of wrongheaded intellectual fads; and to exclude experts, or to fail to give them a special role in an encyclopedia project, is to risk getting expert opinion wrong.

Worth reading if you haven’t already.


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