The Guardian Online is finally coming to its senses about the cultural, ethical and environmental consequences of Web 2.0. Five excellent articles about the manifold hazards of citizen media have appeared in the last few days:
- Bobby Johnson's shocking revelation that abusive online images of children have quadrupled over the last three years.
- Jonathan Freedland's withering critique of the blogosphere. It's just a place for "point scoring males" he tells us -- "a stuffy meeting room on a bad night."
- James Harkin's stomach churning description of a suicide broadcast live on the Internet. Having read this, most of us will want to recycle our webcams.
- John Naughton's exposure of the dire environmental consequences of gigantic server farms -- the "brick and mortar" reality of Web 2.0 ("welcome to 1984, folks")
- Victor Keegan's confession that blogging has failed to really capture the imagination of most people.
Keep it up, chaps. It's great that mainstream media is now leading the counter-offensive against the self-serving ideology of the Web 2.0 democratizers.