Xeni wrote this article on the Wired News:
Spam, scams and scatterbrains — the same problems that plagued the old internet are cropping up again in a new wave of technologies known collectively as Web 2.0.
But this time around, proponents say Web 2.0 has been better engineered to withstand the troubles that wrecked Usenet, BBSes and free e-mail.
The cycle is so predictable, it’s almost a natural law: Every new internet movement popular enough to generate buzz also generates a backlash.
This time, the debate revolves around the cracks that are starting to appear in Web 2.0, a term coined by O’Reilly Media Vice President Dale Dougherty to describe a post-dot-com generation of sites and services that use the web as a platform — things like Flickr, BitTorrent, tagging and RSS syndication.
……Speaking to Wired News, Carr lamented the long, slow decline of professionally produced media, like good old-fashioned newspapers.
“Online, free media is one of the contributing factors to the shrinking circulation of good newspapers,” he said. “Now, traditional media is shifting away from large investments in bureaus and hard reporting, and towards cheaper content and opinion-making. It’s hard for me to imagine participatory media devoting investments to hard, investigative or overseas reporting. The healthiest scenario would be one in which both kinds of media thrive.”
Omar said : “hadn’t really seen the term “partcipatory media” much in the general media before i saw this wired article.”