Originally Posted by Smitty
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I've been thinking about the democratization of media. In the past, there was public access television and pirate radio, and anyone could print up a bunch of flyers and post them around the 'hood. People could write books, but the cost-of-entry was steep, and it actually takes skill to write well. Mass media was the playground of the rich.
But the web is an interesting critter. It's reach is global and immediate, and information can be reproduced & redistributed with 100% accuracy. (That's not to say that the information itself is necessarily accurate!) The "viral" nature of it means that ideas and memes spread quickly across all segments of society.
I suppose the good of it is that everyday folks can post up their bus conversions (for example) and potentially inspire others to do something similar. On the other hand, everyday folks can post up complete nonsense on a very well-made website, complete with fictitious citations and stats. At least when we deal face-to-face with a person, we have a built-in BS meter that IMO has been honed to some accuracy over eons of evolution. Calibrating the BS meter for web-based info is a much harder nut to crack.
Anyway, just rambling.