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  • Should everybody write? Or is there enough junk on the internet already?


Comments Mar 9, 2010 12:08 am

Nice post. This makes me think about a question I've had for a while now with participatory culture and everyone being a produser--producer and user. With the Internet and social media, the idea of "audience" has blurred quite a bit considering, as this post makes notes, that anyone can create content. The idea of a participatory culture, of everyone having a voice, sounds great in theory, but I'm not sure how beneficial it is to have all voices create a cacophony instead of a well-blended harmony. I guess this is my longwinded way of answering your question. My short version: "Yes, but..."

Reply to at 12:08 am Jun 8, 2010 3:42 pm

It seems to me that the key here is not who is writing and what, but who controls how we search. Search engines can "censor" material just as surely as government officials simply by placing some web sites at the bottom of a very long list of results. Search mechanisms will surely be at the fore of censorship discussions in the digital age.

Reply to at 3:42 pm