Look Out, It’s UGC!

Today’s mash-ups remind me of those Time magazine collages: all cutting and pasting, signifying nothing.

WSJ.com – Portals- Why Getting the User To Create Web Content Isn’t Always Progress

Good piece. Puts the current mash-up craze into perspective. You could think of it this way: we all have access to cheap paper and pencils, that doesn’t make us writers or reporters or aritsts. I do write a mean shopping list. Just because the tools exist does not mean that everyone is a blogger or writer or reporter or artist. Now the lowere threshold for planet wide distribution that the net provides does mean that we may have a better chance of finding a blogger or writer or reporter or artist whose work we enjoy, but it doesn’t create that talent just provides an outlet.

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