As Søren points out I did comment that the internet has no real content. Of course that is not true. I know that there’s plenty of good stuff out there and a lot of it is actually quite useful and informative. Just think about wikipedia. My point was that there seems to be more and more stuff floating around out there that doesn’t really add anything, it just reproduces what everyone else already have said and done.
Imagine then my excitement when yesterday I read an article (Lillelund, N. (2008, December 18). Er ventetiden gratis? Jyllands-Posten, p14, 1. sektion.) that raises the issue of news media spending whole days on single, non-important, issues, while the financial sector is in such a turmoil and many other pressing issues would be more suited for discussion.
At least a few other are concerned, unlike most, who will be satisfied as long as they can youtube cute kittens and don’t get to affected by the financial crisis!
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!