Friday, June 22, 2007

Well, yes ...

... Scott McLemee on Mass Culture 2.0. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

What really bothers the neo-Luddite quasi-Mandarin is not the rise of digitality, as such. The problem actually comes from “the diminished sacredness of authority,” as Edward Shils once put it, “the reduction in the awe it evokes and in the charisma attributed to it.”

But it’s not that all cultural authority or critical intelligence, as such, are vanishing. Rather, new kinds are taking shape.

As Glenn Reynolds would say: Indeed. (By the way, here's the Britannica Blog: Web 2.0 Forum.

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