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Digg Rebellion Highlights How The Community Is In Control

from the don't-mess-with-an-angry-mob dept

While the press has jumped all over the story of Digg users rebelling against Digg management concerning the AACS HD-DVD encryption key takedown notices, one of the more interesting points in all of this was ignored by the press, but picked up by more perceptive folks like Ed Felten and Michael Arrington: that the Digg community is clearly in control over what happens on the site. In the past few months, some in the press and folks such as Nick Carr have been hyping up the idea that sites like Digg somehow exploit their users by getting them to take part in the community without getting paid. This seemed silly, because if the users weren't getting value out of the community, there was nothing holding them there. However, what yesterday's revolt showed was quite the opposite. What the Digg community showed yesterday was that it is absolutely in control over the site. This can be risky, as in any case where a worked up crowd can quickly go vigilante and become judge, jury and executioner in the blink of an eye. However, it should (hopefully) end any talk claiming that Digg or these other sites are using its community. It's becoming clear that it may be the other way around.

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  1. identicon
    C'mon now, 3 May 2007 @ 10:33am

    Re: Re: Bad USA....Bad

    Well, even aside from Rush's analysis, you might try getting your quotations right.

    ---Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.
    Lord Acton was a wise man. Rather than mouthing the catchphrase, you might try reading some of what he had to say, such as the REST of that quote.
    "Power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men."

    He had some other good ones as well, such as
    "Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end."
    or "The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every class is unfit to govern. " or
    "The most certain test by which we judge whether a country is really free is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities."
    or even my personal favorite "The man who prefers his country before any other duty shows the same spirit as the man who surrenders every right to the state. They both deny that right is superior to authority."

    ---Money is the root of all evil.
    Actual quote is "The LOVE of money is the root of all evil". I've heard that misquoted so many times in my life I've gotten quite sick of it. If you quote someone, give the proper quotation, don't pervert the entire meaning of the quotation by leaving parts of it out.

    Things like that is why I tend to immediately discount analysis by Rush...well, that, and the fact that ACCORDING TO RUSH he is just (and I quote) "entertainment". I don't draw my opinions from self-confessed entertainers.

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