“We have become consumers of our own social and cultural lives”

August 1, 2007

Tom, in what is an excellent post in its own right, has alerted me to a brilliant article in the Register, by the sociologist William Davies. It’s on web 2.0’s dominant ideology of economic utilitarianism, in which the social sphere becomes a matter of ends rather than means, and social processes are ignored in place of so-called “efficient” outcomes.

As Tom says in his post, there are aspects of web 2.0 which can, and probably should, cause unease, and Davies has summed up one particular aspect of this unease extremely succinctly.


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