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Flea (Replicon) -

<p>[Ed.: <i>let me get that for you...</i>]<p><i>One of the huge failures of the web with any number attached is the rise of the false authority figure.</i>

How totally unlike all pre-internet forms of communication!

Alan -

In this form of your error you confound authority with falseness. When you have a lack of false prophets, you have an ease in trust and credibility as there is a focus on sources of discourse and those sources are knowable. There is also a legitimacy in criticism and review. But the location of these places is not popular - literary and political science journals. But at least they are not immediate diving the discourse the added relevance of careful consideration. Adding chaotic system and debunking the relationship between authority and opinion only brings us all effectively to the breakfast table of each other person where we find opinion and fact have little to do with each other. As both a leveller and a means of unimagined puff-up-ery, the internet is clearly and totally unlike all pre-internet forms of communication.

Alan -

WCG illustrates a related point nicely.

Alan -

Note also the utility of new world order brought on by the blogosphere: Wells' First Rule of Politics which is "for any given set of circumstances, Canadian politics tends toward the least exciting possible outcome". Given that we just watched the Federal Liberals and maybe the Alberta Tories turn themselves inside out yesterday, hardly wise but given the power of the guru-o-sphere and wikiality one that carries weight.