I'll always take the Semantic Web with a grain of salt
by Andrew Savikas
Related link: http://www.xml.com/pub/a/2004/06/09/deviant.html
Don't get me wrong. I adore the ideals of the Semantic Web. But I also share Cory Doctorow's well articulated trepidation about anything that's predicated on humans being honest and reliable on the scale required by the Semantic Web.
It's not that I distrust people. I just know that people are, well, people.
Can the Semantic Web overcome human nature?
Semantic web better suited to "closed" specialised communities?
Your and Cory Doctorow's sceptism re the practical value of the semantic web might well apply to the broad consumer market, I'd consider that the semantic web may have very good value for comparatively "closed" communities, as long as they can shut out the porn/get-rich-quick/etc vendors.