Newsweek: Is User-Generated Content Out?

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Aaron Pava


March 7, 2008

Newsweek: Is User-Generated Content Out?

Newsweek reports that the same entrepreneurs who funded the "user-generated revolution" are now looking to professionals to edit and produce online content. Are we at a turning-point with the "wisdom of the crowds" and moving to a more trusted and refined Web?

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"There’s a statistical theory that if you gave a million monkeys typewriters and set them to work, they’d eventually come up with the complete works of Shakespeare. Thanks to the Internet, we now know this isn’t true." --Ian Hart Just because someone is rich or famous (unfortunately the first seems to be more important) doesn't necessarily mean they know more about a particular subject. But it's wrong to trust someone you kdon;t know, too. This is where community-based peer-to-peer reputation services come in to the picture. Let freedom (of speech) ring! And let the buyer beware. Don't ask others (especially the government) to protect you - educate and empower yourself to make informed decisions. It will help once we have distributed reputation systems; in the mean time, I'll happily muddle through.
Nec audiendi qui solent dicere, Vox populi, vox Dei, quum tumultuositas vulgi semper insaniae proxima sit. - Alcuinis "they betake themselves to violence, and rob and rage and act like mad dogs." - Luther - Against the Robbing and Murdering Hordes of Peasants, May 1525 "Learning will be cast into the mire and trodden down under the hoofs of a swinish multitude." - Edmund Burke Just another hack in service to his masters.