The Internet democratizes innovation. The technical possibilities to hold a plebiscite are available, albeit not really technical reliable. Is the grassroots democracy a matter of time and the red pencil replaceable by a keyboard? Or is it still too unsafe? The contra-argument has been formulated, for example by Andrew Keen, with his book “The Cult of the Amateur – “How today’s internet is killing our culture”. Keen stands in a long tradition. From the early 50s the Dutch futurologist Fred Polak predicted that “dark living rooms meant dark brains” in light of the development of the television. The German philosopher Peter Sloterdijk argued that new mass media lead to media mass, civilians who are easily manipulated and tempted[xiv]. Recent developments have occurred on the other side (www.beleid20.nl), with the civilian innovation-initiative, a kind of end-user-driven-content. Also here a wrestling between stability and innovation can be observed. However, no growth without roots.
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