Adam Smith 2.0?

A colleague made an excellent observation about yesterday’s post (User 2.0). He noticed a parallel between what I was getting at and the theories of the economist and philosopher Adam Smith. From Wealth of Nations:

By pursuing his own interest he frequently promotes that of the society more effectually than when he really intends to promote it. I have never known much good done by those who affected to trade for the public good.

So there you have it, Adam Smith chimes in on the Web 2.0 silliness. It’s too bad he’s not around to blog about all this.
P.S. This is the last time (seriously) that I will put “2.0” into the headline of a blog. Ever.

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