Tuesday, June 10, 2008
"The Wikipedia Revision History of the Term 'Freedom of Speech'" is perhaps the smallest and greatest evidence of both the unassailability and fungibility of the term. Certainly the various revision entries are riddled with what Wikipedia calls "vandalism" (and the consequent reversion entries aimed at returning things to where they were), but the notion that anyone with access to the internet can create, augment, argue, tweak and yes, even subvert a publicly-owned, encyclopedic definition of the term "freedom of speech" says something both trivial and profound; words are just words, of course, but the opportunity to participate is worth more than just about anything.
Allan Chochinov is a partner at Core77, a New York–based design network serving a global community of designers and design fans...He is editor in chief of the websites Core77.com, a widely-read website focusing on product design; Coroflot.com, a job and portfolio site serving designers and employers across all design disciplines; and Designdirectory.com, an online database linking design firms with corporations seeking strategic design services. Chochinov writes and lectures widely on the impact of design on contemporary culture, and teaches in the graduate departments of Pratt Institute and the School of Visual Arts.