There’s something rotten in the commune of Diggland. First the peasants revolt, claiming they’re being starved of attention by a cabal of self-dealing aristocrats. Then Kevin, the boy-king, tries to placate the masses by blogging a mealy-mouthed missive. Insulted by the boy-king’s insinuation that they’re gaming the system, the aristocracy rebels. In high dudgeon, the #1 Digger of all, the mysterious X-P9, announces his self-exile:
As a direct result of your blog this evening. I will no longer [be] supporting Digg going forward. I bequeath my measly number one position to whoever wants to reign … I believe you to be a good man, Kevin. Well intentioned or not: your blog satisfied malcontents equipped with baseless allegations while you effectively urinated on your top diggers.
Didn’t anyone tell these guys that they’re “an egalitarian community of readers,” a model for our great new world of social production and citizen media? Live up to our ideals, dammit!
UPDATE: Donna Bogatin sees the bigger picture: “Digg, Google and Wikipedia are invested in maintaining their ‘as-is’ status-quo, no matter how flawed. Not one of the three powerhouses can risk diminishing public confidence in the grandiose vaunted missions each espouses. The leaders of each of the flawed systems publicly evangelize a revolutionary worthiness of their endeavors to rationalize away allegations of abuse, entrenchment, spam, falsehoods, libel, infingement … with a ‘net-positive’ argument.”