Another Beauty Contest
The American Bar Association (that’s not the real link — the ABA is merely worthless rather than sinister — but it’s entertaining nonetheless) is hosting another blawgers’ beauty contest. Kevin O’Keefe writes about it here. The heart of Kevin’s excellent post (hat tip to Anne Reed):
Law blogs represent disintermediation of publishers and gatekeepers. No more are those in supposed power and control going to screen and serve up what they think is important. A lawyer in a town with a water tower, an old grain elevator and 3 four way stops is on equal footing with a lawyer who clerked for a Supreme Court Judge. The democratization of publishing and dialogue we get through law blogs is at the very heart of what we stand for in America.
Kevin sees the ABA’s poll, and its publicization of the poll, as “shallow, at best”.
Indeed. If other things were judged by such polls, Toyota would be recognized as the best carmaker, ground beef as the best cut, Gallo as the best wine, and Thomas Kinkade as the best painter. China would be accepted as the best country, Christianity as the best religion, Windows as the best operating system, and ignorance as the best mental state (coincidentally, George W. Bush would be president).
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