Disclaimer: By sharing these quotes on Tumblr I am participating in the exact type of behavior that Lainer believes is watering down the net creative output of humanity.
“Pop culture has entered into a nostalgic malaise. Online culture is dominated by trivial mashups of the culture that existed before the onset of mashups… It is a culture of reaction without action.”
“The digital flattening of expression into a global mush is not presently enforced from the top down, as it is in the case of a North Korean printing press. Instead, the design of software builds the ideology into those actions that are the easiest to preform on the software designs that are becoming ubiquitous. It is true that by using these tools, individuals can author books or blogs or whatever, but people are encouraged by the economics of free content, crowd dynamics and lord aggregators to serve up fragments instead of considered whole expressions or arguments. The efforts of authors are appreciated in a manner that erased the boundaries between them.”
And finally, "You have to be somebody before you can share yourself". Digitally or otherwise.