Thoughts here build from this other thread on how a public domain film project might work: The Free Film Project
Revisiting public domain films and remixing them seems like an application of a bigger concept. Fundamentally we’re talking about monetizing a value-add to public domain content. Why stop at films?
Could a new differentiated wikipedia-style site earn a substantial revenue by leveraging and improving wikipedia and/or the online encyclopedia ecosystem?
What is wikipedia weak at? My first thought is they don’t offer much rich media content. Getting content creators engaged to produce rich media content for popular pages might be worthwhile.
For example, it seems very worthwhile how Investopedia adds animated explainers to so many pages.
Essentially what I’m seeing is a site something like Investopedia that covers a wider breadth of content (perhaps even a generalized online encyclopedia like Wikipedia).
The top X number of most popular pages could feature a short documentary film or podcast to go along with standard print content. Content creators can earn tips and a share of the project’s overall revenue. Once the scope of the content was decided, we could just start by creating new pages for whatever topics happen to be the most popular ones on Wikipedia today (or on the web overall).
The scope of the project is big enough that if successful it could lead to substantial Interledger adoption. The site would push readers to grab a browser wallet extension (or new browser) and subscribe to Coil or something similar.
Why is this a bad idea?