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Tuesday, December 06, 2005

The Problems With Web 2.0?

The Stalwart has an interesting post:

"...It's been a bad few weeks for motley collection of sites and services collectively self-identifying as Web 2.0. While it's easy to idealize the power of crowds, the global mind, collective intelligence or what have you, there's also a dark side of groups: dangerous euphoria, unchecked mob mentality, collective gullibility, and lack of accountability."

I'm not sure how true that is, but let's assume it's completely true.

Even so, the question should be: are consumers, producers, culture, people better off with or without Web 2.0? That is, are we better off in a world of centralized, monolithic, corporate control of production, consumption, cultures, etc?

I think the answer is very clearly, no.

But YMMV - and certainly, it's a nice change from GYM...

-- umair // 11:10 PM // 0 comments


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