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Are we being lobotimized by memetrackers?

Posted on: March 6, 2006

I’m pretty sure that most of us have started paying a lot of Attention to the current crop of memetrackers, we use memeorandum and tailrank to find the cream that has bubbled to the top, or so we thought.

Maybe we are spending to much time on them and we should start moving back to our RSS readers? Dave Winer reckons that:

These days you could rename Memeorandum to Snarksforall, with one blogger trying to top another for the most vacuous post.

Robert Scoble thinks:

I’m just falling down a dark hole. It’s the same hole I was in in the 1990s when I posted about 100,000 items on various newsgroups: in a group the writer is in control, not the reader.

Are we missing the plot with the memetrackers, are we to focused on the opinion of other people? Are we losing our individuality? RSS subscriptions will differ from me to you, unique, but if we follow memetrackers are we not just like the zombies from “Shawn of the dead”? Have we been digitally lobotomized?

Take a break from the memetrackers for a second, hey they do have there function as news aggregators. Go through your feeds, read those ones you have been neglecting, follow the links to the new boys on the block, add them to your aggregator, pay some link love.

Exhale, there now. Feeling better?


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1 Response to "Are we being lobotimized by memetrackers?"

[…] 1. How RSS spells Death to Online Serendipity Last year, Dan Li mentioned how she had stopped surfing web pages and instead saw the web through the lens of RSS feeds. This brought about the question of whether she was truly discovering new things for herself online, or if she had confined her agenda to those of the popularist (e.g. Del.icio.us/Popular, Digg). Perhaps she was concerned about how whether she was turning into a follower (early adopter) more so than an original source / first discoverer (innovator). She explained how our early use of the web might be likened to exploring a dark cave where you might find things you intended to find, but make accidental yet wonderful discoveries along the way (serendipity). With RSS feeds and popularity web services feeding us information, we seem to be entering a pre-explored cave, complete with a guided tour. In fact, blogger GeekSpin asks: “Are we being lobotimized by memetrackers?” Since the release of memetrackers, we use memeorandum and tailrank to find the cream of the crop. “Are we missing the plot with the memetrackers, are we to focused on the opinion of other people? Are we losing our individuality? RSS subscriptions will differ from me to you, unique, but if we follow memetrackers are we not just like the zombies from “Shawn of the dead”? Have we been digitally lobotomized?” In essence, are we learning less than we realize? Keywords: popularity, blogging, collective intelligence, education, mass media […]

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