Changing the way we look at information

As a Russophile it’s always great to have an excuse to use a quote from an author from Mother Russia. So it was Count Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoi who said somewhere, “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. ”

This quote occurred to me in the context of a blog posting by Cardiff native, Martin Weller, entitled “What the Digital Britain report should have said“. In and of itself this is an interesting post, but the reason that I draw attention to it in the context of the Tolstoi quote is the link to an alternative presentation of the report on a site, aptly named Writeto Reply. Here the report is broken down into chapters and paragraphs and presented in such a way that the public can comment on either the whole page or individual paragraphs. A simple concept and stunningly effectively delivered using the CommentPress theme for WordPress. Thus it seems to me that by empowering commenting on a scale this granular the authors of the report on WritetoReply are indeed changing the world so to speak by changing the presentation of this important report.


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