I am no web utopian

David Weinberger does a great job of responding on his blog to Larry Lessig's Against Transparency article in The New Republic both of which are well worth a read.

While I share David's discomfort at some of what Larry says and agree with his wariness of net triumphalism I can take comfort in not actually being the "web utopian" that David suggests I am. Whenever I get the chance I make a point of saying that I don't believe that the web in itself necessarily makes the world a better place.

It's a bit like thinking that just because you've put in a wiki you've fixed your dysfunctional organisation. It takes much more work than that and while the technology does, I believe, help it just the start - not an end in itself.