worlds within worlds within…

7 September 2006

The internet started as a communication and dissemination tool, the information that it carried was about the ‘world outside’.  Now that it is part of the ‘world’ it can consider itself a subject for discussion in the same way that newspapers report what other newspapers are up to.  This self referential vein goes another step deeper when the story is about how other stories get highlighted and discussed on the internet.

Jesusphreak writes about the possibly un-democratic way stories get promoted to digg’s  frontpage (that a small cartel of diggers might be fixing what gets to the top), then some more about how his story hasn’t made it to that very same frontpage in spite of being well dugg.  Kevin Rose responds.

I like the fact that people seem to care so much about this stuff.  On one level you might wish that all this energy and hours of keyboard time was being directed at something useful, but then maybe forging these new means of interaction is ultimately as ‘useful’ as anything else people fill their days with?  I also like the interplay/competition between man and machine that these discussions highlight – the algorithm over at Techmeme vs. the user/algorithm mash-ups at digg et al.

This of course is a story about a story about which stories are being promoted and discussed.  Discuss.

Via Techmeme.  Love the algorithm.


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