Interesting choice, Time.
But while we contribute…and sometimes saturate or overwhelm…are we really in control?
I like the decision, I like it a lot more than Babwa Wawa’s 10 Most Fascinating People, but I’m not entirely convinced it gets past the romanticism that it mentions. Favorite quote:
Web 2.0 harnesses the stupidity of crowds as well as its wisdom.
How powerful is that massive crowd? Well, if this story over at Think Progress is true, then it’s got at least one politician publicly up in arms:
John McCain has made clear that he doesnâ€™t like the blogosphere.
Now he has introduced legislation that would treat blogs like Internet service providers and hold them responsible for all activity in the comments sections and user profiles.
My fingers are crossed this isn’t the truth, whole truth and nothing but the truth…but I’ve been wrong before (and blogs like this one would probably piss me off too if I couldn’t figure out what to do without grabbing a big stick).
Bloggers are a touchy bunch…a politician is on shaky ground to begin with when dealing with the frank transparency and rapid fire link lovin’ (of fact or embellished fact) that can kill something, including a campaign, faster than newspapers alone. While I definitely commend taking a stand for what you believe in…taking such a direct line against ‘em is a risky, risky move…
Did I just prove Time’s point?
Update: I like the way Jeff Jarvis puts it. Well said.