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Which is why the question to Peter was 'good for whom'.
When social networks become the dominant control for
organizing information, finding facts will become
even harder. The current brouhaha in the American
culture wars over intelligent design is emblematic
of the process of power seeking over fact seeking.
In the process, the Americans are destroying their
educational and scientific foundations for competition.
Watching the web replicate this process in the name
of 'democratization' is almost absurdist (as in
the theatre of the absurd).
"all of your dreams, and not just the good ones..."
From: Didier PH Martin [mailto:email@example.com]
Currently, their is a fuss in the blogosphere about "A-List"
bloggers. They're saying that the "A-List" bloggers ought to
introduce newer bloggers to their readership. The latest
class of bloggers are finding that the early adopters are
entrenched. This is preceeding a revolution where ranking and
relevence are determined by individuals, not algorithms.
Another good point; Yes indeed human are adaptive animals and they found the
trick to be ranked well in Google. Anything based on social interaction is
subject to social manipulations. The more we see social networks embedded
into the web the more we will see people organizing themselves to manipulate
it. Very good point Alan.