Should We Just Decide Every Single Thing By Online Vote Now?S

Country music singer (and former Renee Zellweger husband) Kenny Chesney was "honored but upset" to win the Academy of Country Music's Entertainer of the Year Award for the fourth time. Why? Because this year, it was someone's idea to decide the thing by a freaking online vote, instead of by Academy members. That's country music's version of the Oscars being decided by the clicks of AOL users. Chesney told the AP that the process was "disrespectful" and turned the awards "into a sweepstakes to see who can push people's buttons the hardest on the Internet." God, it's almost like being paid in pageviews. Sure, this is the age of 2.0, and it's not 2.0 without "audience participation," but just because the Person of the Year is You does not mean we need to turn every single event into the Teen Choice Awards in a desperate attempt to shore up interest and make people feel included. [NYT]