The internet has radically changed the way we access information. Not only are Considerable amounts of information from all over the world now available within seconds, but the quantity of texts and images available in all languages has increased dramatically.
This new technology has revolutionised traditional industries that produce and circulate information – the media, film, and publishing, but also education and research. This is a time of exploration, while old models are disappearing, and new ones are still in their infancy.
But more radically, the internet has modified our relationship to information. Social media and what is known as Web 2.0 is not information from identifiable, authoritative sources accessed electronically, as opposed to print or radio. It is a deeper change, where knowledge and opinion comes from forums, blogs, and is collectively generated through twitter, facebook and RSS feeds – or the result of collective intelligence, like Wikipedia.
The Marco Polo Project fully embraces this new paradigm. It relies on users to provide, comment and translate contents, and offers a place where text from a variety of sources can be written, analysed and mediated collectively. It also proposes, like other social media initiatives, to make the generation and exchange of information into a social activity, producing new networks and relations, as well as new knowledge.