The cult of the amateur ?

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Revenge of the Experts


Newsweek,
Mar. 6, 2008

The individual user has been king on the Internet, but the pendulum seems to be swinging back toward edited information vetted by professionals.

Cases in point: Google‘s Knol, a Wikipedia-like Web site produced by “authoritative” sources; BigThink.com, a “YouTube for ideas,” with polished video interviews with public intellectuals; and Mahalo, which replaces Google‘s popularity-based page rankings with results that the start-up says are based on quality and vetted by real people.


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