A Rebel in Cyberspace, Fighting Collectivism | NYTimes.com (reviewing ‘You Are Not a Gadget’)

Mr. (Jaron) Lanier sensibly notes that the “wisdom of crowds” is a tool that should be used selectively, not glorified for its own sake. Of Wikipedia he writes that “it’s great that we now enjoy a cooperative pop culture concordance” but argues that the site’s ethos ratifies the notion that the individual voice — even the voice of an expert — is eminently dispensable, and “the idea that the collective is closer to the truth.” He complains that Wikipedia suppresses the sound of individual voices, and similarly contends that the rigid format of Facebook turns individuals into “multiple-choice identities.”

He also has some interesting insights on the future of journalists, and the possible effect of mass digitization of books.

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