Got a Question for Nicholas Carr?
What would you say to a man who claims computers aren’t nearly so important to business success as they used to be, that Web 2.0 tools are “amoral,” and that the Internet is degrading our ability to read and think deeply?
If you’re a vendor or fan of one or more of these products, you’d say a lot—and they have.
When Nicholas Carr, the keynote speaker at the Closing General Session at the 2010 SLA Annual Conference, wrote Does IT Matter? in 2004, leaders of Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft and other makers of hardware and software products objected strenuously. When he used his blog in 2005 to criticize Web 2.0 products that rely on volunteers to provide content, saying they crowd out higher-quality material published by professionals, he was accused of being elitist and undemocratic—though Jimmy Wales, the co-founder of Wikipedia, admitted that some information on his site was incorrect. And when the
OK, so we know what Carr’s detractors are saying. But what would you say to him if you could ask him one question?
Here’s what I say: Let’s find out. So I’m asking
Got a question you’d like to ask Nicholas Carr? Send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll select a few of the more interesting questions and ask them during the interview.
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