Friday, March 12, 2010

Thought for the day: Web 2.0 and the death of the author

I'm currently reading Jaron Lanier's excellent "You Are Not A Gadget" and it provoked this thought:

In it's pernicious denial of the primacy of authorship and the value of an individual perspective in favor of the hive mind, Web 2.0 is to online social interaction as post-structuralism was to literary criticism -- except that Web 2.0 has impact far beyond the doctoral aspirations of post-graduate Eng Lit students.

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