“ Is Greta Thunberg a hypocrite?”Google that phrase and you will get thousands of outcomes. It just goes to reveal that, to a large level, the “Q&A”design is broken on the web. Where once Yahoo Responses and Quora were considered the brilliant young things of Web 2.0’s”Read/Write Web,”today there is just the chaos of myriad search engine result. Let’s face it, many have tried to really split Q&A ( remember “Mahalo”? ), however few ever got extremely far– and most became zombie sites.
Look again and you will see something. A website called Parlia sits at No. 3 on that search result for “Is Greta Thunberg a hypocrite.” Parlia just launched (in stealth mode) in October last year.
So how can this be?
Well, this upstart in the Q&An area has now closed a pre-seed round of funding from Bloomberg Beta, Tiny VC and others(amount undisclosed). And as creator, and previous reporter, Turi Munthe informs me, the idea here is Parlia will become an”
encyclopedia of viewpoint.””We’re a wiki: mapping out all the point of views on both the breaking stories and controversies of the day, along with the huge evergreen questions: does God exist? Is Messi really better than Ronaldo? The method we’re constructing is to also assist repair today’s polarisation, outrage and info silo-ing,” he tells me.
While most Q&A sites are geared around X versus Y, and concentrated on logical dispute, Parlia is trying to map ALL the opinions out there: flat earthers’ included. It’s aiming to be descriptive not prescriptive, and is closer to a wiki, unlike Quora, where the authors are typically selling “something” along with themselves as professionals.
The site is already on a tear. And likewise highly suitable for this period. Now top subjects consist of “How to remain healthy during quarantine at house?” or “What are the effects of spending long periods in coronavirus isolation?” or “Will the coronavirus crisis bring society together?” The list goes on. Users see the arguments calmly, dispassionately set out, alongside counter-arguments and all the other arguments and positions.
Says Munthe: “In 2016, I realized the age of political consensus was over. I watched as Britain spilt possibly a trillion words of argument in the build-up to the Brexit Referendum and idea: there are no more than a half-dozen reasons that individuals will vote in any case.”
He understood that if there’s a finite number of arguments around something as divisive and big as Brexit, then this would hold true for everything. Therefore, you could in theory map the arguments around gun control, abortion, actions to the coronavirus, the risk of AI and practically everything.
So why would anybody wish to do that? It’s, of course, an advantage in itself and would help individuals understand what they believe As assist them understand how the rest of the world believes.
Thankfully, there is likewise a company model. It will potentially carry advertisements, sponsorships, subscription and user contributions. Another is information. If they get it right, they will have appeared fundamental info about the really ways we believe.
Munthe believes all the users will come through Browse. “The media opportunity, we think, is 100 million-plus pageviews/month,” he states.
Munthe’s co-founder is J. Paul Neeley, former teacher of the Royal College of Art, and a service designer who’s worked with Unilever and the U.K.’s Cabinet Office. Munthe himself has been exploring the systemic problems of the media community for a long time. From establishing a little magazine in Lebanon, reporting in Iraq in 2003, then leaving and starting Demotix, to releasing North Base Media (a media-focused VC).
The temptation, of course, is to permit bias to creep in return for industrial offers. But, says Menthe: “We will never ever work with political celebrations, and we will establish our own principles board of advisers. That understanding must be of worth to market researchers and institutions everywhere.”
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Article curated by RJ Shara from Source. RJ Shara is a Bay Area Radio Host (Radio Jockey) who talks about the startup ecosystem – entrepreneurs, investments, policies and more on her show The Silicon Dreams. The show streams on Radio Zindagi 1170AM on Mondays from 3.30 PM to 4 PM.