Ah, but going back “to the Internet” is like talking about unwinding time — not very practical. The question is what we move FORWARD to. I have my own dream vision of that — an amalgam of Wikipedia (but FAR easier to use), and today’s disparate, siloed information resources and social platforms. I believe it’s inevitable, and I call it the Now Edition. Imagine being an expert in the field of… anything and overseeing not “a Website” and eking out a living on past editions (now out of date) of books, while writing new content for the Web, and just maybe updating the book every few years. Imagine a dynamic, living and social truly “electronic book.” Why we’re not there yet is probably as complicated as it will be to make such a thing happen, in a platform simple for all to use (far simpler than Wikipedia.) It could be totally crowdsourced, curated by one “author” or a group of authors — but wedded in one place to a Facebook-like place to talk about what folks are reading/the topic of their interest or passion.
http://thenowedition.wordpress.com — if only I wasn’t consumed by my day job as a newsman at a smaller-market TV station. Because to me, this is the inevitable future, and one answer to how to “take back” the Internet from a few centralized information/social locations. The future of literature, journalism and social.