Sunday, September 19, 2004

Blogging as a Hayekian spontaneous order?

There has been a fair bit of discussion as to whether blogging, specifically the CBS incident incident, is an example of a Hayekian spontaneous order. See here, here, here...

This post at Crooked Timber doubts whether the exposure ofCBS was spontaneous in this sense because the White House leaked the facts in the first place. Still, even if this is true, the facts would probably have been discovered in time and the blogsphere spread and evolved the story extremely quickly.
In this case, the medium is the message. The internet + blogging spreads and evolves information at a speed and in a manner not possible until quite recently. The nature/content of the message is less important than the manner of transmission.

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