Are Google and Digg democracies?

Are Google and Digg democracies?

Summary: Are Google and Digg Web democracies?

TOPICS: Google

Are Google and Digg democracies?

Google claims “democracy on the Web works,” touting its “breakthrough technique called PageRank.” Millions of marketing dollars are undoubtedly spent annually to “influence” the Google search engine democracy however (see “Google search PageRank excludes relevant Websites”). 

Digg claims to be a “digital media democracy,” touting it’s “all about user powered content.” Millions of marketing man-hours are undoubtedly spent annually to “influence” the Digg user-driven social content democracy however (see “Digg democracy: Can algorithms trump human nature?”).


Are Google and Digg Web democracies or Internet marketing vehicles? 

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Topic: Google

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  • Democracy corrupted

    Google and Digg were originally democracies. The idea of user-created, edited, and selected content rang true in their intentions. In fact, it still rings true. However, at this point in time, there are so many votes (especially on Google) that change is all but impossible.
    In addition, the creation of automatic submittal programs turn Google and Digg into nothing more than advertising tools.
    For true web democracies, see, or even
  • They are but they have no constitution.

    So in effect they might as well be dictatorships for they rule with tyranny of the majority. Google and Digg are like a corrupted sheriff, you will go to jail if you are unpopular by just showing up. However if you kill the unpopular villain in cold blood, they will cheer you on and Miss Kitty will buy and pour you a beer and the sheriff will congratulate you. Now you know why Jefferson was such a good guy.
  • Of course Google is a democracy

    See my small cartoon:

  • False Contradiction

    Democracy is a state of equality of oportunity. For an individual to survive they need to be able to inform others of the value they can produce through expertise, products created and so forth. There is no contradiction between democracy and advertising. In fact it's essential to advertise in a democracy. The issue is whether there's barriers to advertising that create a monopoly or unassialable elite or whether advertising is open for anyone to be able to participate in.