By Jason Wilson
At AALL 2010 in Denver this week here is the gist of a conversation I witnessed (okay, maybe participated in as well):
Person 1: Do you really think we’ll be able to crowd source analytical content?
Person 2: Yes. I mean, not right now, obviously, but I do see it in the future.
Person 1: Really?
Person 2: Absolutely.
I’m here to tell you folks, these individuals are a mile high, if you catch my drift. I say this because I have spent nearly two decades of (1) writing analytical content and (2) trying to get experienced practitioners to do the same. Guess what? Lawyers (and judges) aren’t so good at dedicating themselves to writing content, and unless there is some cataclysmic shift in mindset, it will never happen, especially if you are talking about writing for FREE.
I have given considerable thought to this problem (and I have a greater interest in solving it than most), and I just don’t see how a Demand Media or similar model could ever produce good or reliable analytical material. If you disagree, please say so.