Søren’s latest post (sorry Søren) made me wonder about the usefulness of the internet and realize something bad.
For a long time I’ve had a big issue with where the different mass media outlets are going, with declining intellectual quality of content, especially with reality TV shows and the like being on the rise still. In all this “mess” I’ve looked to the internet for higher quality entertainment. This is where Søren’s blog post comes in! I realized that things like twitter and endless loops of links to basically no content at all is just as bad, if not worse, as stupid television shows with no real content, except giving the effect of total penalization of the consumer.
That’s not to say that there is no quality content on the internet… on the contrary. The internet really does hold the promise of delivering better quality, reaching further and involving the users more thereby getting consumers to think about the choices they take.
What I’m saying though is, that as most people still rely on television as their primary form of entertainment some of that dumbing down that takes place will inadvertently spill over to the internet.
This lends credit to Mark’s theory that web 3.0 isn’t going to be the complete breakdown of the barrier between creator and consumer, but rather reinstatement of gatekeepers that can control the quality of the content. But these gatekeepers will have to be non-influenced by the larger media outlets as to keep the credibility of the content.
Just my thoughts after a sleepless night!