New York Times Columnist compares Digg to Fascist Germany, Italy, Russia, China

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You know you’ve arrived when Hitler, Mussolini Mao and Stalin are practically name-checked in the second graf of a story (paywall) on your life’s work.

Roger Cohen in the Times:

‘It’s the wisdom of the masses that makes up our front page,” says Kevin Rose. He is the founder of a Web news site called Digg that rates stories, videos and other content on the basis of how many people like them. Editors need not apply; Digg is proud to have none.

Of course, the “wisdom of the masses” produced a few 20th-century bummers, not least in Germany, Italy, the Soviet Union and China. Collective wisdom is often an oxymoron.

Oh, old-media pundits, let us count the ways you loathe this new species of media:

1. “Not filtered.”

2. “People are dumb. People like Britney Spears and have made Us Weekly the most-read magazine in the U.S. Also, people elected the current administration.”

etc.

Obviously, none of these folks have spent much time with these new media, which is probably why Digg et al. seem so threatening: if you’re Roger Coehn and all you’ve read is the hype, you’d think that the way the internet robbed your employer of revenue indicates that some day the media landscape will be nothing but a blasted wasteland composed of Youtube videos and pre-literate bloggers posting endless diatribes about their roommates’ shit-stained escapades.

This is like thinking that TV killed Radio, or VHS killed movie theaters, blah blah blah.

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