Blogs amplify individual voices. Unlike mailing lists, they don’t get lost in the hubbub. Wikis are different – they blur authorship, and drive towards a consensual style. Blogs’ temporal flow creates an affordance for conversation that is diluted and washed away in Wikis.
If course, Kevin is right (as usual) but it needn’t necessarily be this way, it just is this way at moment. And can easily be fixed with social convention (let’s all sign our edits), design (let’s all have our picture in the sidebar linking to our relevant blog posts) and tools (let’s hack MediaWiki with a very different set of priorities that values individualism, values differences in opinion rather than consensus etc).
Thinking about this question again, the blog vs wiki question, as I often do, I just had one of those eureka moments. A really, really, really good idea. One which I’m skirted around for years… but I think I may have hit the conceptual jackpot when all the cherries fall into place.
I then phoned around a few friends and collaborators to run the idea past them and see if I was on the money or off my rocker and they’re all busy. One has family issues, the other is on a big deadline and Sam bought an iPhone this morning so is busy with his new toy…. argh!
I’m going to mull on this one for a few days… see if it withers (watch this space).