4.0 Information Architecture for Analysis and Advocacy (Moral Philosophy Chapter)

Greg Lawson edited this page Oct 2, 2018 · 1 revision

The meta-goal of this project is to improve our public and private Information Architecture for analysis and advocacy. Most of this information architecture exists, so this is mostly a guide to how to use it.

As an example, I've chosen one of my favorite organizations with a lack-luster web presence, the Center For Inquiry and in particular its Los Angeles chapter. CFI's mission is to "Support Science, Reason, Freedom of Inquiry and Secular Values", a mission nicely encompassing both advocacy and analysis.

Why isn't CFI's web site the Wikipedia (or substitute your favorite web site) of Skepticism? As a reader of Skeptical Inquirer, Free Inquiry, CESAR, Skeptical Briefs, etc., I know CFI has access to fabulous content providers, but has a decidedly Twentieth Century content delivery system. CFI's information architecture is also suprisingly fragmented: CFI-West's Feed-Your-Brain lecture series, Cafe Inquiry, and Book Club produce great content which then evaporates into thin air.

CFI currently has relatively few content gatekeepers, while at the other extreme, Wikipedia's radical openness might dilute if not tarnish the CFI brand. I think greater openness is worth the risk since the CFI brand is in need of reinvigorating, after all, Carl Sagan and Issac Asimov are both dead and Paul Kurtz deposed.

Advocacy content does well in blogs and analysis content does well in wikis. Social news sites have experimented with various splits of power between moderators and users.

The open source movement provides an interesting model of open and free (both free as in freedom and free as in beer) content generation and deployment.

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