October 23rd, 2006

If The Users Are In Control Then Let Them Define Web 2.0

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The Web 2.0 ideology wars are back, with Lawrence Lessig arguing that YouTube is a “fake sharing” site because you can’t download the videos and Nick Carr telling him he’s full of ideological crap (always entertaining).

As tempting as it is to dive head first into the ideological fray, I’ll limit myself to this question:

If YouTube is so wildly successful, and the users are in control, shouldn’t what they think of YouTube’s service matter more than what Lawrence Lessig thinks (with all due respect)?

Oh well. Ideological purity is overrated anyway.

  • But users are not "in control". They are merely being marketed-to. Not necessarily a bad thing per se, but not the same thing at all.

  • Scott - I think you're absolutely right on this one!

    I've been thinking a lot lately about how TV networks should also be listening to customers when considering how to make their content available. I've even prepared a list of demands that I'll be publishing later today.

    Listening to consumers - what a novel idea!

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