Responding to a NYTimes article, Blogs Wane as the Young Drift to Sites Like Twitter, blogging pioneer Dave Winer got into a “heated discussion” (his words) on Twitter in which he described the “Young” in the Times piece as “hamsters,” and he used the phrase “open web.” Some folks wanted some clarification: What did Winer mean by the open web? Since he felt he couldn’t do justice to his topic in Twitter’s 140-character format, Winer decided, naturally, to write a blog post. He defines the open web as the opposite of the “corporate blogging silos” such as Facebook and Twitter. In his criticism he makes this point: “Imho the supposed thought leaders of Silicon Valley are not thinking and to the extent they are leading, they are leading us to a bad place.”
Smart guy, important post. Read the full text here.