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From Brian Behlendorf <br...@collab.net>
Subject Power Laws, Weblogs, and Inequality (fwd)
Date Tue, 11 Feb 2003 20:56:04 GMT

Heh.  Familiar?  :)

	Brian

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: 11 Feb 2003 20:26:01 -0000
From: brian-slashdotnews@hyperreal.org
To: slashdotnews@hyperreal.org
Subject: Power Laws, Weblogs, and Inequality

Link: http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=03/02/11/1740233
Posted by: michael, on 2003-02-11 19:20:16
Topic: media, 93 comments

   from the network-effects dept.
   [1]scubacuda writes "[2]Clay Shirky has written an [3]excellent
   article entitled "Power Laws, Weblogs, and Inequality." Simply put,
   diversity plus freedom of choice creates inequality: "A new social
   system starts, and seems delightfully free of the elitism and
   cliquishness of the existing systems. Then, as the new system grows,
   problems of scale set in. Not everyone can participate in every
   conversation. Not everyone gets to be heard. Some core group seems
   more connected than the rest of us, and so on." A must read for anyone
   interested in the statistics, fairness, and power relations of
   blogging."

References

   1. http://`scubacuda'`at'`iname.com'/
   2. http://www.shirky.com/
   3. http://www.shirky.com/writings/powerlaw_weblog.html

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