…and so are you. Big responsibility, huh? :) It’s a neat piece, and almost a startling admission that user-generated content is increasingly driving the agenda of the media. Good read, I recommend it.
The momentum of this phenomenon you and I are caught up in sure seems unstoppable, but a Gartner report seems to foretell otherwise. I’m not going to argue too much with the basic premise of this, really — the honeymoon will inevitably end. The blogosphere will settle down a bit and work out its kinks like a good system should; these ‘kinks’ are personal websites that may or may not have much influence that eventually are abandoned. Chances are, if a blog is abandoned, it either wasn’t that great or wasn’t being read much, or perhaps it had simply run its course. This is normal, though; this has happened since the Web came to fruition. It’s not a sign of a giant Web 2.0 meltdown; rather, it’s a sign that Web 2.0 is robust; far more robust, I think, than the initial 2000 dotcom bust. People will come, people will go, but the system is in place more firmly than ever, I think.