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Idea: Wiki Story Writing [Jan. 10th, 2006|10:46 pm]
Christopher Bradley
OK, I got an idea but because I like to drone on you'll hear how I got the idea, first. The idea, itself, can be found at the bottom. ;)

When I was driving back from Indiana with Adrienne, we were talking about intellectual property. I was talking about editors, really, and how a good editor can really improve a person's work -- because they're working with the author and not against them to produce a better work. This in the context of writers who get so big that they can't, effectively, be edited -- often the quality of their work suffers. (This is not to say that all, or even most, editors are primarily concerned with improving the quality of the authors work, but instead try to either maximize company profit or minimized company loss; it isn't often about objectively producing a better work of art, save rarely.) But it got me to thinking that when bands do covers of songs the quality of the song is never, really, compromised; the cover might suck but the song remains, unharmed by the cover. And, of course, sometimes the cover is superior -- or at least different in a cool, creative way -- than the original -- my favorite version of All Along the Watchtower is by Jimi Hendrix, not Bob Dylan. Likewise, MacBeth is not changed in any fashion because Kurosawa made Throne of Blood.

Science, of course, advanced precisely because there is no ownership of scientific intellectual properties (this is lamentably changing, and already having a perjorative effect on science). With science, you do something cool, someone does it a little bit better, and so forth, and the depth, breadth and accuracy of science in this way improves.

So, what I was thinking is creating a wiki with a story or two that I've written on them with the specific intent of people changing them in whatever way they saw fit in order to make them better stories. Is this something that is cool, or lame?