Robert_Charlton - 7:31 pm on Jul 26, 2010 (gmt 0)
Is the mere "pushing down" of archived articles by the system a signal?
No more so than news going off the front page of a newspaper is a signal. The algorithm tends to align with the qualities of perception and the realities of life.
In the "real world", it's hard to keep even vitally important issues in the public consciousness. "On the front page" has become a figure of speech. We live in a "five-minutes-of-fame" kind of world... another figure of speech. Ephemerality is inherent in a society of mortals, and it's amplified in a world that changes rapidly. Throw-away media is both a symptom and a cause.
Once upon a time, rulers of empires built palaces and pyramids and engraved their exploits on stone tablets. Cities fade, empires crumble, and entire ecosystems can disappear when someone presses the wrong button. Who cares that much about a single blog article?