[FoRK] I Find Karma Lacking

Tom Higgins tomhiggins at gmail.com
Thu Feb 25 09:52:21 PST 2010

On Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 4:45 AM, Jebadiah Moore <jebdm at jebdm.net> wrote:
> Or sharing a different delusion... you might not care about your follower
> count on Twitter directly, but you can bet that a bunch of those people
> following you do.  The difference in goals and games gives one person an
> advantage, generally the one playing the outside game instead of valuing
> karma/twitter followers/friend counts intrinsically.  Thus granting the
> power to market, evangelize, attention-seek, and otherwise affect outcomes.
>  And that's a dangerous game...

For example...Blogs. Out of the ascii rhubarb of the media glare came
forth Blog Experts, Blog Celebs, Blog Conferences, Blog
Speakers,......a whole mess of folks who made their rep, cred and cash
on talking about the act of putting text on a web page in a semi
regular manner. Pretty kookie, but there it is. Many of use were at
the starting line for that game, looked around and figured there were
better things to be giving valuation on. That the masses enough to
raise up this blogosphere, this ascii mishigas ..and give it value
...that does not mean it was all of a sudden worth more. In much of
the mass lumpens creeping meatballistic valuation system Shite is the
king currency and that makes it no less smeely or uncomfortable to

The same can be seen in many tech memes that reach the mass lumpen
level. Podcasting in its way also grew as such...experts, conferences,
podcasts about podcasts...and it was all about putting out audio files
on a semi regular basis wrapped in an rss feed. Useful?Heck yea...Some
good stuff come out of it? You betcha. History Of Rome should have a
bigger subscriber base than most tv shows on Hulu:)-

Advantage and gain is all great and good but what are you advancing
and what are you gaining? Subjective? Of course. P T Barnum quote

-tom(don't ... don't..don't....don't believe the hype)higgins

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