• http://sethf.com/ Seth Finkelstein


    See Nick Carr on debunking

    I commented there

    :I’d say it’s an effect comparable to WalMart’s sales-chain innovations. Yes, it’s real and somewhat important to people in the retail business – but it’s also waaaay overhyped by professional marketers as some sort of democratizing revolution.

    People have also pointed out that big chains being able to shift around more marginal inventory profitably, is not at all the same as the oft-implied little cottage industries. Instead, you can end up with rich getting richer, and sweatshops! (the implications for blog evangelism are then left as an exercise for the reader …)