“The Rise of Worse is Better” is an excerpt from a presentation by Richard P. Gabriel. The entire presentation is about the programming language Lisp. However, a smaller part contains an important observation with broader applications.
Today, the following questions are subject to conversation: why has Google+ plateaued and Facebook continued to rise? Why don’t Microsoft’s search initiatives win big against Google? How can PHP be both infamous and ubiquitous? How did WordPress become a legitimate CMS?
These are complex questions with many different angles. Passionate arguments have been formed for every side. Economics, sociology, and evolution often lend their ideas to the answers. And for all of this discussion, the voices of computer scientists are less often heard.