“All that user-generated content you’re posting on the Web? Please stop,” writes Walsh. He likens browsing YouTube like “panning for gold dust in a shallow river of dung.” Some other interesting points:
- When Gutenberg invented movable type, was there a sudden explosion of self-indulgent horshit? Nope. Bibles and scientific treatises.
- When Morse invented the telegraph, it “nurtured a vigorous economy and informed electorate.”
- Walsh tracks the decline as we moved into television, magazines and now… MySpace and YouTube. Will Ferrell, he writes, is an exception. But you and me? We’re not Will Ferrell.
“Ask yourself,” Walsh rants. “Would I want to waste five minutes watching what I’m about to make? Odds are, the answer is no.”
Guilty as charged, Walsh.