Doc Searls post in response to a discussion about The New Gatekeeper’s almost made me cry. Poor Doc. I’m only half taking the piss, here, too. It actually was a very touching post and the Doc does come across as very genuine with his Internet as the Great Equaliser ideologies.
As much as Doc is wrong in his belief that today’s blogosphere is a great big egalitarian delight, so too are the keepers of the Gatekeeper conspiracy. I’ve made numerous posts about the closed nature of the blogosphere so I’ve paddled down that stream before but before you cast your boat off in that direction again have a real look at the impact that aggregators are starting to have on the b’sphere.
And for God’s sake look beyond memeorandum. It’s self-referential nature only reinforces the closed blogosphere. It’s great for what it does but it’s not going to help Doc’s vision. On the other hand, Reddit does an awesome job of bringing new ideas and bloggers to prominence. I’m not even sure why? Maybe it’s the community, maybe it’s the ranking system, I dunno.
Aggregators are going to get better. There will continue to be a melding of human and machine filtering and I firmly believe Doc that one day the blogosphere really will look like it does to you through those rose coloured glasses of yours. We’re just not there yet.