Shirky’s idea of “mass amateurization”

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Shirky’s idea of “mass amateurization” has positive attributes as well as some drawbacks. This mainly has to do with the internet and the spread of technology and mass communication.  The reality is now that anyone can be a force on the internet and has the ability to spread information on many different media outlets. This can then be found by others.

This practice is good because it shows that there is some real power that people now possess; the power to change things and bring attention to different news stories that may be over looked by the press due to a bigger story taking place; it is now able to be done much more easily than ever before. However, with this, comes many drawbacks.

Since people can now change information so quickly, this makes the creditability of mostly all things on the internet and the writing and research skills of the people who place the information on there questionable. What then becomes of the people who do this for a living? Their entire lively-hood is at state because everything they say can be changed around and reworded by more people now than ever. Also, blogs and other forums have produced more who believe they are “qualified” to become a professional writer just because their blogs have over a couple thousand views. It is now more evident than ever that information is distorted by those who do not fully understand the power that they yield or just do not care.

Maybe media and different information sources just need to pick up the pace and learn how to better handle the army that is internet users or perhaps try to yield that power to their advantage. There are still many out there who need reliable sources since they cannot tend fact from fiction on their own. There needs to be a universal standard on writing but in the grand scheme of things, the internet is still fairly new and much still needs to be accomplished before anything can be fully monitored.