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1.20.2006

 

Many Voices?

This blog's very name comes from the notion that the blogosphere could become the online marketplace of ideas. But after reading Clay Shirky's deftly written primer on power laws, I'm not so sure.

What's a power law? If I understand it correctly, it's a law that explains why, when we have a greater number of choices, power gets more and more concentrated in the top few choices. The most fascinating thing about it to me is that there is no man behind the curtain pulling levers or pushing buttons to make this happen. It just happens because this is how the human race acts.

So is there really a marketplace of ideas? I think so, but it's not as egalitarian as I had thought or hoped.

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