Has The Internet Become Mundane
from the only-for-the-mundane dept
The NY Times has an article (only for those of you – such as myself – crazy enough to register) looking at the (previously discussed) trend of fewer and fewer sites taking more and more surfing traffic – and suggesting that the web has become mundane and many surfers have lost the thrill of surfing and the fun of serendipitous finds. While the web as a whole had the potential to be a publishing medium for anyone on any subject (and thus easily cutting down a heavily corporate-focused, corporate-owned medium), it has become just another mainstream, mundane source of cleaned up info. I see their point, as plenty of interesting and useful content sites have shut down. However, I think there’s still a ton of info out there for those who are looking for it. I think the mistake was that some of these more “out there” sites thought they had a bigger market (or any market at all!) than they actually had. So, they over expanded thinking they’d build a sustainable site or business out of it. When that didn’t happen – and the crowds failed to rush to their doors, they gave up publishing. I don’t necessarily think this is a bad thing. There are still plenty of useful sites out there – and anyone who is passionate enough about a particular subject can easily use the medium. Since the “noise” has been cut down, maybe some of the more non-mainstream material will get even better.