Nick Carr has long been a critic of Wikipedia and the Web 2.0 foofarah. Today he pithily dismantles much of the hype around the web (and possibly crumbles some of the hype around open source, too, in the process).
It may well be that communities create content, but the control of that content is in the hands of a very few "gifted individuals." Nick is talking about the web, but it's not hugely different from the (commercial) open-source world.
He writes:Both beggars, though, labor under romantic misconceptions. For one, the web is freeing us from the shackles of the past, when our malignant media overlords stifled our creativity and force-fed us gruel.… Read more