The latest Newsweek features an article: Revenge of the Experts where it claims that the pendulum is turning away from user generated content and back to an expert mediated world:
In short, the expert is back. The revival comes amid mounting demand for a more reliable, bankable Web. "People are beginning to recognize that the world is too dangerous a place for faulty information," says Charlotte Beal, a consumer strategist for the Minneapolis-based research firm Iconoculture. Beal adds that choice fatigue and fear of bad advice are creating a "perfect storm of demand for expert information."
I'd like to believe them, but the article is devoid of any data to support the claim of a "mounting demand". There is not one stat in the entire article to indicate that this is a trend. I'm sorry, but citing a percentage growth is a worthless metric.
Just because people are building some new Web sites doesn't mean anyone is going to come. Shoddy journalism.