The content is an amalgamation of many authors' effectively anonymous contributions, so it is disconnected. While initially, nupedia had too much friction to grow, now we have no need for a peerless or fast online group braintrust.
"In the weblog world there are no authorities, only masses, and yet the accumulated weight of attention continues to create the kind of imbalances we associate with traditional media."
"Now, and presumably from now on, the act of creating and circulating evidence of wrongdoing to more than a few people, even if they all work together, will be seen as a delayed but public act."
E.g., cutting out follower counts or handling threads better. Usenet didn't have those technical "downsides", but had the same bad behaviors we see today.
Shirky's #HereComesEverybody (2008) is already expressing the same stories, 14yrs later.
I started Clay Shirky's "Here Comes Everybody" (2008) on the train this morning, and already the first chapter's examples of power of the social Internet are scary. I probably haven't changed my opinion on the book since I last read it.