Digg Burrows Down a New Path

The popular news-aggregator site has launched a redesign to counter criticisms of its turn away from hard news. Will the changes help?

The user-generated Web sites revolutionizing the way information is consumed in the 21st century are confronting the same question America's revolutionaries faced in the late 1700s: How much power should you give the people? America's forefathers, of course, decided against giving the masses too much. They fashioned the government into a republic, insisting that a pure democracy left the state vulnerable to foolish decisions made by an uneducated, or emotional, public.

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