HB Squad ALERT! . gossip + snippets
Saw this in this week’s 8days magazine:
Novelist Ian McEwan pooh-poohs blogs disguised as expert opinon:
“I don’t have much time for the kind of [web]site where readers do all the reviewing. Reviewing takes expertise, wisdom and judgement. I am not much fond of the notion that anyone’s view is as good as anyone else’s.”
By the power of Google and some nifty search skills (ok, fine… so it was a piece of cake), I discovered that this quote was from Time Magazine’s 10 Questions series. McEwan’s quote was in response to a reader’s question: “What’s your take on there being fewer literary reviews in newspapers and magazines?”
Though his view is probably an unpopular one in our wonderful world of web 2.0, ala Wikipedia, user-generated content and other social media hijinks, I do agree that we cannot dismiss the role of specialists or those with expert knowledge.
Have found this related Boing Boing entry to be quite thought provoking: Link
In particular (esp wrt to librarianship), this section from an essay entitled “Who Says We Know: On the New Politics of Knowledge” by Larry Sanger:
As it turns out, our many Web 2.0 revolutionaries have been so thoroughly seized with the successes of strong collaboration that they are resistant to recognizing some hard truths. As wonderful as it might be that the hegemony of professionals over knowledge is lessening, there is a downside: our grasp of and respect for reliable information suffers. With the rejection of professionalism has come a widespread rejection of expertise—of the proper role in society of people who make it their life’s work to know stuff. This, I maintain, is not a positive development; but it is also not a necessary one. We can imagine a Web 2.0 with experts. We can imagine an Internet that is still egalitarian, but which is more open and welcoming to specialists. The new politics of knowledge that I advocate would place experts at the head of the table, but—unlike the old order—gives the general public a place at the table as well.
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