Andy_Langton - 8:38 am on Sep 27, 2012 (gmt 0)
Of course, I don't have any Barbara Cartland, or Geoffrey Archer
I'm sure you know that your implication that books displaying author information are somehow of lesser quality than those that do is a spurious one ;)
how many people look up the author of an individual article to find out if it's someone reliable?
It's a bad example - Wikipedia doesn't have individual authors, although they're quite happy to publish in full everyone who has contributed. But I would certainly say that checking your sources is a key part of knowing whether content is reliable or not, and something that anyone using the internet for information should be doing. Now there is a technological solution to the idea of authorship, and people are using it.
I guess I can understand 'anti Google' in the context of this, but 'anti authorship' in general just seems strange to me. It's a semantic web idea, not a Google one - they just happen to have the implementation with the most leverage. It seems inevitable to me that the web in general is headed in that way.