Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Good and Pointy

I came across this insightful quote today, written on NK's blog:

Imagine a world without authors. A world where works get penned, but no one takes credit. A world where academics contribute to a bank of ideas with no treasurer.

Unfortunately, if no one took credit for their writings, then no one would take responsibility for them, either. This is an intolerable consequence. So we should not model our information systems on principles of open source software.

Of course, the narcissist that I am would never consider forfeiting credit for my words. Nonetheless, this gave me pause. Thanks NK! =)