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Purpose

By Dave Snowden  ·  June 28, 2008  ·  Musings

A late night return last night, and getting ready for a four week round the world trip starting this evening impacted on getting a blog out yesterday.  To be perfectly honest I spent far too much time on the Wikipedia when I did get home.  Editing is becoming addictive and I am starting to think about working towards admin status.  We had yet another sock puppet this week but the forensics tracked the individual down so right won out again.  There is a real sense of community around some of the articles and unlike a gaming community it has a sense of purpose about it; Wikipedia pages matter.  There is also an honesty about the virtual interaction while second life always seems artificial, a form of dishonest make believe.  Purpose is important rather than self-indulgence, a sense of contribution to a wider goal or objective.