The New Gatekeepers

This article points to a fact I’ve been thinking about for some time. The openness and flatness of the blogosphere utopia is not as egalitarian as one might think.

The New Gatekeepers: “In a word, we created some new gatekeepers that we now know at the blogging A-list (and, to some extent, an equivalent B-list and C-list). Membership on it is limited and many have said that the way to disprove the power of the A-list is by showing that new members have appeared on it: what few are willing to admit is that the new members are really only allowed as one of these groups if they are vetted by enough existing members. This creates a self-fulfilling cycle where members of the small club of ‘blogs that matter’ get to shape the agenda.”

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