Virginia Postrel is a political and cultural writer who is a contributing editor for The Atlantic, editor-in-chief of DeepGlamour.net, and the author of The Substance of Style and The Future and Its Enemies. She is currently writing a book on glamour for The Free Press. She previously wrote an economics column in The New York Times for six years, served as editor of Reason and has worked as a reporter for Inc. Magazine and The Wall Street Journal. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Individual Rights and is a popular blogger and speaker. She was educated at Princeton University and lives in Los Angeles.
Virginia Postrel: I think one question is you know, “What do I know that other people ought to know?” And that doesn’t have to be some grand thing. That can be, you know, how to fix some annoying thing that goes on in people’s TVs or something. I don’t know. Whatever. So that’s an interesting question. “How do I spread the things that I know?” And there’s been a lot of work . . . This is what something like Wikipedia is about. Then Wikipedia has its advantages and disadvantages; but it’s about sort of tapping that dispersed knowledge in a way that you could have entries on things that it would never be worth it for the encyclopedia Britannica. They have some esoteric interest entry on some very narrow, geeky subject; but you can do it that way. So I think that’s an interesting question to ask people.
Recorded on: 7/4/07