Posted By Thomas Crampton
Blogs have lowered the barriers to entry into the marketplace for ideas: With what implications?
It formerly took powerful ideas (Marxism, Buddhism, Democracy) or those backed by capital (ie: printed in publications) to galvanize large audiences.
Now anyone, of any age, anywhere with Internet access and time can put their ideas into the marketplace.
The result is that not only do Blogs/Internet open the way to easily transmit mediocre ideas (such as this posting!), but they also open the way for a new style of collaborative thinking. (Will we start seeing idea mergers and hostile idea takeovers? - to absurdly follow the market analogy.)
This new marketplace brings certain strengths and weaknesses.
Will it increase ideologies or weaken them?
Seems clear it would de facto support a pro-technology ideology. Bloggers may find they resemble one another in some ways more than they resemble people in their own countries.
That said, large groups of people can have both intelligence and a mob-mentality.
Will Blogs/Internet change our methods of thinking?