The Downside to the Democratization of Information

UPDATE: A post titled: “The involuntary redundancy of A list blog sites” from just came across my FriendFeed tangentially discussing what I wrote about below:

There are a couple of interesting issues brewing with regards to the democratization of information on the web.

It cannot be disputed that the web generally and apps like Digg specifically have exponential democratized the sharing of information on the web. Theoretically, By allowing users to see which stories and web sites garner the highest ratings we are able to sift through the overwhelming amount of information on the web in hopes of highlighting the best and ignoring the rest.

Like pure democracy in the political sense this process has begun to display its weaknesses. As the number of individuals contributing their take increases, so has the popularity of sites with inane stories and pictures of cute cats. This has given rise to a new wave of more republican (not in the ideological sense) applications and sites like (an extension of already established sites like Drudge Report).

One of the biggest benefits of tools like Twitter and Friend Feed is that it allows me to follow individuals who have proven themselves to be thought leaders in fields that I am interested in. As a result I am able to expose myself to the sources of information they deem most credible and also gain insight into certain topics by way of their comments.

Don’t get me wrong – I am not saying the democratization of information is a bad thing. I just find it interesting that more and more tools are popping up that tame the excesses.

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