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NPR Program Discusses Self-Organizing Web Communities

Dave Aiello wrote, "An article on Slashcode pointed out that a National Public Radio program called The Connection devoted a program to a discussion of self-organizing Web communities. I was impressed with the program, which had Steven Johnson and Jon Katz as guests. The concept of self-organizing Web Sites strikes me as a fairly esoteric topic to discuss on the radio, but they managed to create a coherent hour-long radio program around it."

"I was glad to hear that they devoted the largest percentage of discussion to Slashdot and Plastic, two of the most important community sites that exist today. These are both examples of the communities where self organization has worked extremely well. This is particularly good news for Plastic, considering how brief its history is."

Dave Aiello continued:

I take slight issue with the amount of time that they devoted to Epinions. While I see the architectural similarity between Epinions and the news-oriented community sites, I think Epinions is more of a reference site than Slashdot or Plastic is.

If this hour long episode of The Connection is any indication of the typical quality of this program, then this is a program that most Web developers should be listening to on a regular basis.

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