Observations of a Damaged Mind

Monday, December 13, 2004

MSNBC - The Alpha Bloggers

MSNBC - The Alpha Bloggers:

"The lesson is that there's a new force—spearheaded by people who work for no bosses and whose prose never sees an editor's pencil—that provides the water-cooler fodder for the larger high-tech community. Its power extends not only to high-tech cool-hunting but also to what's politically correct, geek style. (Open source... gooood. Onerous copy protection... eeeevil.) And the significance of this phenomenon has some important implications for the way opinions will be formed in the decentralized world of Internet media."

"'The blogosphere is a tipping-point machine,' says Searls, referring to Malcolm Gladwell's treatise on how ideas and trends can suddenly tilt from obscurity to ubiquity. A good idea gets amplified by the 'echo chamber' of the blogosphere. It need not be the original thought of the blogger. In fact, as scientists from the HP Information Dynamics Lab wrote in a paper titled 'Implicit Structure and the Dynamics of Blogspace,' ideas move on the blogosphere like viruses; the alpha bloggers spread concepts like Typhoid Marys."


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