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I'm a big fan of a few ideas including "citation needed", provenance and primary sources.

So when I saw the following quote being attributed to +Caterina Fake I knew something funny was going on:
"What is more pleasant than the benevolent notice other people take of us, what is more agreeable than their compassionate empathy? What inspires us more than addressing ears flushed with excitement, what captivates us more than exercising our own power of fascination? What is more thrilling than an entire hall of expectant eyes, what more overwhelming than applause surging up to us? What, lastly, equals the enchantment sparked off by the delighted attention we receive from those who profoundly delight ourselves? - Attention by other people is the most irresistible of drugs. To receive it outshines receiving any other kind of income. This is why glory surpasses power and why wealth is overshadowed by prominence."

It sounds rather old-fashioned and the vocabulary used sounds more European than American. So, of course, I tracked it down to the original source. The chain looks like this:
- +Thomas Hawk cites Caterina as the source here: http://thomashawk.com/2005/10/flickr-caterina-fake-anil-dash-wealth.html
- Caterina's URL for that post is a 404: http://caterina.net/archive/000863.html
- Luckily the Internet Archive has a copy: http://web.archive.org/web/20110723040656/http://caterina.net/archive/000863.html so we can see it in the context of her dialogue with +Anil Dash 
- This leads to the post where she correctly cites the author: http://web.archive.org/web/20101120175827/http://caterina.net/archive/000834.html
- Her original source is this translation of Georg Franck's book The Attention Economy: http://www.heise.de/tp/artikel/5/5567/1.html

All of this leads to the realisation that Georg Franck: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georg_Franck and his book: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%96konomie_der_Aufmerksamkeit are only covered on the German language Wikipedia. That's why Franck's work from 1998 only merits a footnote in the English language Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attention_economy

#organisingtheworldsinformation

/cc +Kevin Kelly since he's interested in the attention economy
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interesting.  I had no idea that Caterina hadn't come up with those words herself.  It was probably cited in her original blog post but I just forgot over the years.  
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