In trying to explain to someone my problems regarding journalistic levels of power, I ended up making the following chart. I decided to put it below, since it's instructive.
The following are roughly, what I estimate some daily readerships to be, in terms of order-of-magnitude numbers:
|5||100,000||Slashdot (actually more like 250,000)|
|4||10,000||Front page of Lessig blog|
|2||100||Seth Finkelstein blog (being extremely generous!)|
|1||10||New LiveJournal/Blogspot/Blogger/etc. site|
|0||1||My name is Joe-419 of the Republic of Spam...|
If one looks at the number of comments for an article, and it's clear that, on average, it tracks the hierarchy here (though there are some exceptions).
This illuminates what I was talking about earlier, mathematically, So, for example, Lawrence Lessig and Declan McCullagh can "feud", as they're on roughly the same journalistic power levels, despite vast differences in intellectual power levels.
But in terms of being way underpowered/overmatched - I'm down around level 2. Playing in leagues two levels greater than my own (or more!) is just going to lead me to grief.By Seth Finkelstein | posted in journo | on August 08, 2003 11:57 PM (Infothought permalink) | Followups