Clay Shirky on Software - Dictionary of Arguments
Software/Richard Gabriel/Shirky: In 1991 Richard Gabriel, an engineer at Sun Microsystems, wrote an essay containing a section called "Worse Is Better". He compared two programming languages, one elegant but complex, the other clumsy but simple.
At that time, it was believed that the elegant solution would prevail. Gabriel, on the other hand, correctly predicted that the simpler language would spread faster and, as a result, more people were encouraged to improve it._____________Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations New York 2009