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Q. Doesn’t this speak to the leveling effect of constant chatting, tweeting, and sharing? Someone posting about a new baby takes on the same weight as someone else announcing the discovery of a good restaurant.
A. The issue is that the beauty of the early digital telecommunications era was seeing regular people empowered with professional-grade abilities. When you made a website, you made a website. Now, when you make a Facebook page or when you tweet, you’re using consumer-grade technology. We’ve gone from professional, cyberpunk-level participation in communications to using a consumer toy.