I've been following the Kathy Sierra ordeal as has everyone else this week. I think Lewis has penned one of the better posts on the topic, and I explained in his comments why I haven't blogged about the topic yet. There's just too many unknowns at this point, and I think the entire matter is best left to the authorities to sort out.
But in trying to get a better idea of what likely happened, I noticed that Chris Locke's name was mentioned by Kathy as being involved. Chris, as many likely know, is one of the four authors of The Cluetrain Manifesto. I was scanning blogs to see what others were writing on the subject, and noticed that someone mentioned that Chris had addressed the situation on his blog.
So I clicked over, really being more interested in what the comments were on what he had said. When I arrived, I discovered that Chris' blog doesn't allow comments. A co-author of The Cluetrain Manifesto doesn't allow comments on his blog? The book that's been credited by some as being the work that gave birth to blogging, and that coined the phrase 'markets are conversations' doesn't want to join the conversation himself? Struck me as odd.
So I moved on, and noticed that someone said that Doc Searls had commented on the situation, so I clicked over to his blog to read his thoughts. After doing so, I wanted to check to see what others were saying, and noticed that Doc has apparently turned off comments to his blog. As we all know, it has always taken nothing short of an Act of Congress to leave a comment on Doc's blog in the past, apparently you can only do so if you are a pre-approved member of his fan club or something. But now it appears that he's blocked the abilty for anyone to comment. I guess.
Now I'm really confused. Two co-authors of The Cluetrain Manifesto are purposely opting OUT of the conversation. So at this point I'm not even sure who the other 2 co-authors are, but decide to look it up. Rick Levine is the third co-author, and he apparently doesn't even blog. David Weinberger is the fourth and final co-author of The Cluetrain Manifesto, and he is also the ONLY author of the book that coined the phrase 'markets are conversations', that apparently has a blog that lets 'anyone' comment.
To recap, of the four authors of The Cluetrain Manifesto, the book that gave birth to blogging, and told us that 'markets are conversations', only ONE of those authors actually has a blog that allows readers to comment. Chris doesn't allow comments, Doc has currently turned off comments (it appears), and Rick apparently doesn't blog at all.
Does this seem like a monumental disconnect to anyone else?
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