It's a rough day in the blogosphere for Digg. It turns out Digg may not be the egalitarian paradise everyone was hoping for. Some have said that Digg is corrupted. Now BoingBoing is talking about it, and I love this quote from Drew Curtis at Fark about user-voting on funny headlines:
We had to disable the feature because the funniest ones weren't getting picked.
Social engineering self-selects the least-offensive crap right to the top. It's a great idea but it doesn't scale.
Finally we are getting some perspective. The problem is myopia. Kevin Rose probably thought (just like most of us do too) that the stories on Slashdot weren't the ones he would pick if he were in control. He thought he had good taste and that if he allowed the masses to choose, the masses would choose the same things he would choose. The best example of this is the anti-Walmart crowd. They have it in their heads that most people care about the environment and high wages and mom-and-pop stores and all that other stuff. Most people don't. People like low prices, and the protestors don't get it. They think "if we just show them…" but they don't realize that the masses don't care.
The masses aren't like you, and they aren't like me. It happens all the time with people that want to give power to the masses (like I did with TBE) we think that stupid or evil people control (insert item here) and that if the masses had power, they would pick things the way we would pick things. They won't, and they don't.
For those of you that haven't followed along, here are some relevant posts.