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Glitter of Gold

The nominations for the <a href="http://www.photojunkie.org/photobloggies/">photobloggies</a> are out for your voting pleasure.
After one has been in the blogging circle long enough, the results of these "awards" almost become predictable. No…don't get me wrong, the last thing I want to do is start a whole chain reaction about how things are rigged, because as far as I know, the Photobloggies are not. Being new, it's never had a chance to.
I say that the results are predictable because attention is scarce. It's the one resource in the information age, is it not? Truth is, even as you're reading this paragraph, you're probably one of the few who didn't drop out after skimming through the first paragraph.
So it is no wonder that the more popular of blogs (photo or otherwise) get all the attention. A most interesting discussion of equality and power is taking place amongst a few blogs, namely <a title="Weblogs and power laws" href="http://www.kottke.org/03/02/030209weblogs_and_.html">Jason Kottke</a>'s and <a title="Power Laws and Priorities" href="http://diveintomark.org/archives/2003/02/09/power_laws_and_priorities.html">Mark Pilgrim</a>'s, both stemming from <a title="Clay Shirky's Writings About the Internet" href="http://shirky.com/">Clay Shirky</a>'s <a title"Power Laws, Weblogs, and Inequality" href="http://www.shirky.com/writings/powerlaw_weblog.html">Power Laws, Weblogs, and Inequality</a>.
So like a mirror of real life, the virtual world is in itself nowhere near the utopian standards we had hoped it would be. Did it lower the costs and open the field to many who would else not have had the resources to publish and create? Yes.
We simply moved on to the next constraint. There will always be the few who have a lot and the many who have little or none.
Is it fair then, that my photolog didn't make it into the Photobloggies? Sure. You don't expect a rip-off of the original <a href="http://www.movabletype.org/">MoveableType</a> templates to win now, do you?
I am determined, however, to put a Singapore City Photolog in the next Photobloggies once I get back in May. I'll be calling upon some of you out there to help me out.

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