The Great Web-Reality Divide

A couple years ago Tim O’Reilly invited a Web 2.0 expo audience to "stop throwing sheep" and start doing something worthwhile. More recently, a post with the title America Lacks Meaningful Innovation went so far as to question the ability and willingness of American companies (particularly web companies) to be innovative.

Nearly three years on and today we’re throwing birds instead of sheep. Damn angry ones for that matter. Nevertheless, the point could be made that we’re still throwing animals instead of doing something supposedly worthwhile (as a typical web startup isn’t exactly revolutionizing health care, the energy industry, the environment, or other highly important areas for the future of civilization).

It could be argued however that entertainment is an important part of life. Granted entertainment doesn’t do anything as necessary and urgent as curing cancer, but it isn’t as though the expectation that every entrepreneur should focus on such a noble and almost unattainable problem is there either. Furthermore, innovation can - and does - happen even in places where you don’t expect it.>


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Posted: May 16th, 2011
at 6:24pm by mnp

Categories: web,business,mnp is for the children,development,entrepreneurship,innovation

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