Gee, I'm in a philosophical mood today...
We are all experts.
The question is, is that a good or a bad thing? Blogging has become amazingly popular in the 21st century and with it, the concept of writing articles. Just about anyone with research skills can write articles on topics ranging from "how-to do just about anything" to "why you should do just about anything" to news and current affairs.
On the surface, this seems like a bad thing. How can a person with no background, no field of expertise, offer articles to the world?
Three of the opinions, found in this argument (in my opinion. I'm no expert ;) are:
1. Everyone should be allowed to offer their views
- the web should be like an open book, and anyone should be able to share their opinion on a topic. Whether they are right or not should be decided on by the internet and the readers of the content.
- We are all experts is a blog that believes that anyone should be able to comment on art. This links up to the Postmodern idea that everybody is right, because everything is subjective.
- Reddit, a popular online article sharing site, is a great example of putting this idea into action. Users can give a link a thumbs up or thumbs down and the article will often only become popular if it's newsworthy, good, or so bad that it becomes infamous (that's the other side of the coin...)