I’m still not convinced that blogs are that different from the web revolution that started in the early 90s. The discussion at BloggerCon was centering around a number of subjects that were discussed at the beginning of the commercialization of the Internet: how do we keep this honest? how do we make money at this? how do we get traditional institutions to recognize this as legitimate? To me, the only things blog add, compared to the rest of the web, is an ability to publish without knowing HTML.
Seth Finkelstein has posted an interesting entry highlighting how clubby the A-list is. It’s an interesting thought in terms of the power laws and something that was not touched on during the discussion of Shirky’s power laws. The antidote to this, of course, is to cut the A-list out. Many A-listers mention that they link to A-listers because the other guys link to them. What would happen if non-A-listers started to link to sources other than the A-list? Would more fluidity be created as part of the process?