This will serve to place in a strong light the unfairness of the representations which have been made in regard to it.
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A persistent theme among people writing about the social aspects of weblogging is to note and usually lament the rise of an A-list, a small set of webloggers who account for a majority of the traffic in the weblog world. A new social system starts, and seems delightfully free of the elitism and cliquishness of the existing systems.
Then, as the new system grows, problems of scale set in. Not everyone can participate in every conversation.
Not everyone gets to be heard. Some core group seems more connected than the rest of us, and so on.
Prior to recent theoretical work on social networks, the usual explanations invoked individual behaviors: We now know that these explanations are wrong, or at least beside the point.
What matters is this: Diversity plus freedom of choice creates inequality, and the greater the diversity, the more extreme the inequality. In systems where many people are free to choose between many options, a small subset of the whole will get a disproportionate amount of traffic or attention, or incomeeven if no members of the system actively work towards such an outcome.
This has nothing to do with moral weakness, selling out, or any other psychological explanation.
The very act of choosing, spread widely enough and freely enough, creates a power law distribution. For much of the last century, investigators have been finding power law distributions in human systems.
The linguist George Zipf observed that word frequency falls in a power law pattern, with a small number of high frequency words I, of, thea moderate number of common words book, cat cupand a huge number of low frequency words peripatetic, hypognathous.
Jacob Nielsen observed power law distributions in web site page viewsand so on. We are all so used to bell curve distributions that power law distributions can seem odd. The shape of Figure 1, several hundred blogs ranked by number of inbound links, is roughly a power law distribution. They were InstaPundit and Andrew Sullivan, unsurprisingly.
The data is drawn from N. Z Bear's work on the blogosphere ecosystem. The current version of this project can now be found at http: The inbound link data is just an example: Yahoo Groups mailing lists ranked by subscribers is a power law distribution.
Figure 2 LiveJournal users ranked by friends is a power law.
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