Lamb states, "wikis and other emergent technologies are filling a gaping void in existing practice."

We need to rethink our view of the 'author' or 'writer'. No longer the lonely figure sitting hunched over a pile of papers clenching a pen or pencil, but rather someone new and exciting, not afraid to use the technologies available to everyone. SharonSimpson

Interesting... How do emerging technologies change writing?

Looking far back in history and thinking of writers I see the old man, writing by candlelight, with his quill pen and smudges of black ink all over his hands. Moving forward I think of the old-fashioned typewriters (non-erasing) and the forward still to computers. All of these ways of writing were for an individual, only one person was writing.

Various forms of online writing allow comments, but wikis are the only one's that are truly multi-authored. How has this changed the way we write?

I would like to think the more minds the better. With more insights, more experiences, more contributors, wiki’s offer… well, more. They are ever-changing and unpredictable. With multiple writers the possibilities for new wiki-name pages are endless.

Are they filling a gaping void? I don’t know that I would agree with that. I would say they are opening a new book of possibilities…

There are many ways to communicate. Advancing technology has brought us email, the internet, blogs, cell phones, and now, wiki's. Wiki's are a great way to collaborate with others, share ideas and resources, and centralize information. There is minimal technical knowledge required and they can be used wtih any internet browser. However, a wiki is not the perfect tool for every situation. People need to be careful not to expect a wiki to be something it is not. It is intended to be easily accessible, easy to edit and a work in progress. If those characteristics are undesireable, you may need to consider another communication avenue.

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