According to CNET News, Internet pioneer Jaron Lanier believes that "the wisdom of crowds", embodied in sites like Wikipedia, is actually causing more harm than good.
Online culture, he goes on, "is a culture of reaction without action" and rationalizations that "we were entering a transitional lull before a creative storm" are just that--rationalizations. "The sad truth," he concludes, "is that we were not passing through a momentary lull before a storm. We had instead entered a persistent somnolence, and I have come to believe that we will only escape it when we kill the hive."
His new book, "You Are Not a Gadget", might be a worthwhile read for us tech geeks.