Subtitle: People Power II.0
There is something intoxicating about the sight of hundreds of thousands of netizens taking to the streets, protesting crappy service and demanding justice. Those thousands of typing fingers, beating hearts and classy websites become in our minds’ eye the physical manifestation of democracy’s soul. How can they be wrong? They are the people. And the people, after all, are democracy.
That’s Digg, running on a “wisdom of the crowds” engine where registered users get to rate which articles are good, or not. How good? How bad? It depends on what the majority decides.
…Conscious that their power to influence [
political] events …is only as potent as their ability to generate a vast share of the audience, the news media* have been treading the line between crusading journalism and mass entertainment. (It is no accident that both are immensely popular with the market.)
David Celdran, The Paradox of Freedom: People Power in the Information Age
PCIJ’s iReport, Issue #4 (November 2005)
*Changing “the news media” to “online information and news communities” makes it relevant to the Web, and not just with politics.