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Let them eat lolcats

This is the kind of thing I’d blog about if I weren’t wasting all my time on Facebook.

What Shirky says, I think — or at least what I think — is that the MySpace and lolcats sphere of the internet is useful not necessarily (or not only) in itself but as a gateway drug to a culture of consuming and producing content. Content that, like content through all of human history, will be 99% dreck and 1% genius, the only difference between now and the 19th (or 9th) century being that most of the dreck (though certainly not all, and certainly large bits of the genius) weren’t published because of the limits of technology.

2 responses to Let them eat lolcats

Jeffrey Fredrick July 28, 2010

Shirky’s TED Talk on cognitive surplus makes that point that while lolcats is on the low end of the content production spectrum it is on the spectrum. The important state change is from passive consuming to active creation, no matter how puerile.

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