Wiki’d politics

Ross Mayfield's blog has an interesting entry about "Politicopia" – a wiki set up to allow discussion of policies in Utah. The wiki is a socialtext wiki – hence part of his interest – but that doesn't make it any less interesting from a transliteracy perspective.
As one commenter points out, the wiki appears to be relatively infrequently used. The main page had had 118 revisions since being created on Dec 28th, 2006 when I checked it (12/2/2007 at 15:15GMT) which is hardly in the league of the ravening monster that is A Million Penguins and the press interest may be somewhat overblown. What I find interesting is that wiki literacy seems to be founded on a notion of cooperation while political discourse has a rather different motivation. Wikipedia vandalism appears to show what happens when politics and wikis mix.
Politicopia seems to have worked but it maybe a matter of scale. The users may be classical "early adopters". I wonder if, to draw on Sue's orginal discussion of transliteracy, the users of the site are sitting there in the morning, rolling news on the tv, newspaper by their side, coffee in front of them and doughnut held between their teeth while typing at the wiki. How do users read/write the site? How do they decide which entries to trust? How do they assess the content? Is it conversation? A series of speeches? Position papers? Gossip/slander/propaganda? These are the kind of questions, I think, that assessing this site in terms of transliteracy throws up.

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