The Sphere is abuzz with discussion of Michael Gorman’s rambling monologues about Web 2.0.
They are two profoundly confused pieces.
While Gorman’s posts will win no prizes for coherence of thought or depth of knowledge, theyÂ might justÂ winÂ a Gold MedalÂ for Irony.
Why? Because in an article bemoaning the death of respect for subject-area authorities and scholarship, Gorman fails to reference a single thought leader in the field of social technology, choosing instead to fuel his B-grade Andy Rooney rant with cites fromÂ Cult of the Amateur by Andrew Keen, a book which actual social media authority Robert Scoble has called “a marketing strategy wrapped in the clothing of a book”. A book apparently so riddled with factual inaccuracies that Larry Lessig has suggested that it can only be read as a self-parody.
What a weird world of “authority” Gorman must inhabit. He could have read Jon Udell, Doc Searls, Ross Mayfield, Dave Winer — all of whom have years of experience and a wealth of expertise in discussing the promises and problems of social media.
Instead he chose to crib the work of Andrew Keen, a move similar to turning to Susan Powter for an enlightened critique of dietetics.
If the loss of such a world of “research” is what Gorman is pining over, well, good riddance.