Over at Furious Seasons, Philip Dawdy is tearing up Web 2.0’s bill of goods.
Thanks for this link. Phillip’s blog is a gem.
I think it is time to read Brave New World again.
How many goodly creatures are there here!
How beautious mankind is!
O brave new world,
That has such people in’t!”
Actually, its fantastically simplistic and narrow minded. A rant — all sound and fury signifying nothing — is a good description. It rings more of sour grapes than truth.
Tom Glocer’s Blog commented on the need for news providers to become the trusted, canonical source of information – the curators of news in this ‘plural media universe’.
The issue is that an alternative to the traditional news media is to some degree replacing it. The reasons – relevance, trust, access and so forth.
So the internet has further commoditised the process of information transfer and made it ubiquitous allowing everyone to become a news provider. No printing press needed, no costly distribution channel etc.
New forms of ‘news’ will emerge, new business built around this – that’s normal, that’s change, that’s commoditisation.
Out of this ‘democracy’ of news, where everyone is a consumer and publisher, reputation-based curators will emerge; it has happened already to some extent.
Am I surprised by the rant? No.
Where’s King Canute when you need him?
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