There is an article in the Telegraph today by Richard Tyler which covers some of the issues which this blog has been dealing with.
Web content specialist Gerry McGovern points out in his new book Killer Web Content that the web has become a global memory bank. McGovern says that "Before the web came along, denial was a reasonably strong strategy, but that is no longer a case. The web is rolling 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and so much information is being recorded that can later turn up on Google or YouTube."
The Telegraph goes on:
"He cited the recent US mid-term elections as an example of how information caught on tape or camera came be rapidly disseminated via the web. "Emails, instant messages, voice mails and video clips all contributed to the embarrassment or downfall of several US political figures," Mr McGovern said.
"Senate candidate George Allen was caught on camera making a remark that was branded racist. Democrat John Kerry's alleged slur on US troops in Iraq was also filmed. And [former Representative] Mark Foley and [New Life Church] preacher Ted Haggard were trapped by instant messages and voice mails."
Mr McGovern said most individuals and organisations "have simply not come to terms with the content revolution that has swept through our world over the past 20 years. There have never been as many people reading and writing, and videoing and viewing. It's almost like a rite of passage today for young people to do a blog or make a video.""