31 Jul '15, 11am

The New Media Meritocracy

When the World Wide Web debuted more than 20 years ago, one problem that immediately became obvious was that this open network lacked any functional mechanism for evaluating the quality of content placed upon it. While armies of human curators - including Yahoo's legions of editors and About.com's teams - worked mightily to achieve this goal throughout the 1990s, it was only with the arrival of Google that machine intelligence began to be effectively applied to the problem, thus heralding the dawn of a true media meritocracy. Simultaneously, Wikipedia became the de-facto standard source for almost any bit of information one could possibly want, relying on the "wisdom of crowds" and a self-correction system that worked even better than its precursor, DMOZ.org. Wikipedia remains one of Google's favorite domains. Google's fundamental values are deeply meritocratic. The fundam...

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