This Gives Self-Respecting Eastern Elitist Liberal Snobs A Bad Name
Can't help but offer a reaction to Nick Carr on "The New Narcissism":
The flip side for me:
- Posting on a blog forces me to think, in a way that just reading a piece and forwarding it under "thought you might find this interesting" didn't.
- Personalization is a boon when your time is limited.
- The Web allows me to personalize from a much broader selection, rather than push a more generic range of mush down my gullet from a narrower range of sources. Good example: StumbleUpon
- Democratization actually raises the bar. I'm only as good as what I have to offer right now. No cruising on degrees, affiliations, etc. -- see back to #1
Besides, the Net's out of the bottle. Complaining does nothing. Question is how to help people find the best stuff in a world awash in less-than-best stuff. Prediction: good criticism is a growth industry. Maybe there's hope for liberal arts majors after all?