October 27, 2005

Critique of the Pariticpatory Web [2:01 pm]

Web 2.0 Cracks Start to Show

In a widely read online essay, “The Amorality of Web 2.0,” Carr slammed overeager Web 2.0 proponents as hyper-hyped.

Citing two particularly error-ridden entries on Bill Gates and Jane Fonda, Carr described Wikipedia’s contents as “unreliable,” “slipshod” and sometimes “appalling.”

“The promoters of Web 2.0 venerate the amateur and distrust the professional,” wrote Carr. “We see it in their unalloyed praise of Wikipedia, and we see it in their worship of open-source software and myriad other examples of democratic creativity.”

[...] “Online, free media is one of the contributing factors to the shrinking circulation of good newspapers,” he said. “Now, traditional media is shifting away from large investments in bureaus and hard reporting, and towards cheaper content and opinion-making. It’s hard for me to imagine participatory media devoting investments to hard, investigative or overseas reporting. The healthiest scenario would be one in which both kinds of media thrive.”

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