Friday, April 11, 2008

ODI Think Nets Comment

What about the instigators and specialist? @ Thursday, April 10, 2008 3:27 PM

Your idea of think-nets is a cleaver one. But the idea of specialization will not disappear with the use of information technology. Hopefully, it will allow a more even playing field of idea sharing to be more dispersed, as you have outlined, but it will not be entirely eliminated. You forget there are people who spend their full lives analyzing one problem. The potential for him or her to receive new information more readily is conceivable but there will not be complete elimination of specialty analysts. Regardless, think tanks do rely on smart people who can synthesize information quickly, which is a talent not everyone has. Hopefully the Web will link more people together through the tools you propose. Furthermore, there has not been an elimination of new papers with the Web; rather the quality writing you expect from the media outlet has created a brand, if you will, for quality and assurance of valid information.

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