- Shane Greenup
Entrepreneur, University of New South Wales
A website rebuttal tool. A browser extension which indicates when a rebuttal exists to a page which is being browsed.
Numerous times I have found myself looking for a reply to a compelling article which has just been published, but completely unable to find one. Google doesn't index fast enough, or the specific nature of the desired content is too difficult to find through mere keywords. The solution I have come up with is to create a browser extension which allows users to connect replies (specifically rebuttals) that they (or anyone else) have written, to the original articles which they ar rebutting, so that visitors to the original article can easily see and click through to the rebuttal.
While anyone could do it, if the blogging community could get on board with this app, then as soon as some contentious article is posted in a mainstream media website, the blogosphere can react (as it does), and the people who read the contentious article could immediately know about the numerous articles which have been published in reply to it.
And of course, the original perspective could then rebut the rebuttals, and so on - creating a genuine online discourse 'throughout' the internet - rather than just on a single page, or in a single (biased? controlled?) location.
I have been working on an app to do this with a partner for a few weeks now, and have written a lot more on the subject in its blog. Have a look if you are interested in the idea - I think the ramifications of success with this app would be substantial.