Many people have asked me why am I so opposed to Kiruba. I have struggled to explain to them that I don't have anything against him but I am against what he stands for - the celebration of mediocrity. His readers call me a loser, fair enough.
Today he has put into words what I struggled to explain. His latest project, the wiki book, has the tagline "Because the audience is more intelligent than the speaker". That explains why I criticise him: he believes in that statement, I don't.
Further going through the project site, the cynic in me wakes up. Get 1000 people to contribute to the book, and all 1000 will buy the book since they feel that they have 'written' the book. So it is like selling to a captive market, success assured. The announcement makes it sound like this is the first wiki book on unconference. It is correct, but ofcourse we understand it as the first wiki book. Amit Varma wrote on Feb 1st 2007 about the attempt by Penguin to organize a wiki novel. So go ahead, participate in the celebration of mediocrity.