by syaffolee

The Popularity Problem, Again
(Playing Devil’s Advocate)

The lone genius weblogger, a thought experiment. Gulker proposes the problem: how can we beat the power curve so that the smarter people, the geniuses specifically, gain more exposure? His human-moderated idea is not entirely fool-proof as there is a chance that the blogger version of Britney Spears might escape detection. Besides, determining a genius blogger seems like an extremely difficult task. It’s not like distinguishing between your average Joe and a rocket scientist working for NASA or even something seemingly more subjective like Garth Brooks and Mozart. What we’re looking for here is a skillful and thoughtful manipulation of words that provoke a reaction (be it emotional or intellectual) in readers.

Personally, I would love for all the top bloggers to be geniuses, but I don’t think the point of the web is to turn the average blog-reading experience into looking into an ivory tower. The popularity or non-popularity of particular sites may not be deserved, but it only reflects how the real world works and how like admires like. The genius may be well-known and respected, but people will still be fascinated by the empty-headed pop star since it represents the possibility that an average person can make it.

Because wouldn’t it be depressing to think that the only way to get noticed is through genius?

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What’s clingy-er than saran wrap and kinkier than latex?


I wish they sold it in supermarkets.