Link for this Post: "DIGITAL UTOPIA A new breed of technologists envisions a democratic world improved by the Internet" by Dan Fost, SF Chronicle
Here’s a bit from the beginning of a cool web 2.0 essay by Dan Fost of the Chronicle:
Behind the random silliness of YouTube videos and the juvenile frivolity of MySpace Web sites lies a powerful idea: Everyday people are using technology to gain control of the media and change the world.
At least that’s what a new breed of Internet technologists and entrepreneurs want us to believe. The new Internet boom commonly referred to as Web 2.0 is really an exercise in digital democracy.
Dubbed Digital Utopians by some, and Web 2.0 innovators by others, this latest wave of tech gurus champion community over commerce, sharing ideas over sharing profits. By using Web sites that stress group thinking and sharing, these Internet idealists want to topple the power silos of Hollywood, Washington, Wall Street and even Silicon Valley. And like countless populists throughout history, they hope to disperse power and control, an idea that delights many and horrifies others.
Read the rest at the link at the top of this post.
Note: Image is from the SF Chronicle article (reduced for this post) by Tracy Cox