And the pendulum swings back ... offers a short piece this week that indicates that pendulum powered by user-generated content and the wisdom of the crowd is swinging back around with authoritative, vetted information by experts gaining more ground.

From Revenge of the Experts:

In short, the expert is back. The revival comes amid mounting demand for a more reliable, bankable Web. "People are beginning to recognize that the world is too dangerous a place for faulty information," says Charlotte Beal, a consumer strategist for the Minneapolis-based research firm Iconoculture. Beal adds that choice fatigue and fear of bad advice are creating a "perfect storm of demand for expert information."

All good news for libraries and librarians. :)

1 comment:

Cat Herself said...

As long as there are still teenagers in the world, we will never truly be experts. {grin} Just ask my son.