I found this one really interesting about Media Giants wanting inflated PageRank rating because they are… brand names? Trying to justify this is a backward step for net neutrality is a horrible attempt to keep the old media alive.
This actually plays nicely into a conversation I had with a friend of mine about crowd-sourcing and twitter. He argued that the most relevant thoughts and ideas would get lost if a billion people were demanding the same attention. I argued though that crowd-sourcing is exactly what solves this problem; the best thoughts and ideas get brought to the surface. Some times the “best” sources don’t have a brand name and we need mechanisms like crowd-sourcing (PageRank) to sift them out.
I like this: “You should not have a system,” one content executive said, “where those who are essentially parasites off the true producers of content benefit disproportionately.” Can any newspaper say that they never find a story from another source? I am wrong or is he calling bloggers parasites?
I do sympathsize with the jouralists out there but don’t try and cheat your way to the top. Your only prolonging the inevitable.
I can’t see Google changing their algorithm to accommodate sites like ESPN, what do you think?