Wikipedia, Web 2.0 create oceans of mediocrity
"Dictatorship of Idiots" triumphs over experience
By INQUIRER staff: Sunday 03 June 2007, 10:46
VAST ARRAYS OF typewriter wielding monkeys are failing to produce masterpieces and instead are destroying culture, talent, experience and expertise, according to the author of a book called Cult of the Amateur.
Andrew Keen, interviewed in The Sunday Times, said that sites like Wikipedia are promoting a "dictatorship of idiots" over a "dictatorship of experts", with the whole project displaying clear signs of totalitarianism.
He told the newspaper that many bogs and so called news sites are fronts for PR spinners and others who conceal their real agendas.
He said that sites like Citizendium offer more hope than Wikipedia. The so-called "democratisation" of the web undermines truth while boggers do not have the resources or the skills to launch real investigations as great newspapers have done in the past.