This week, The Drill Down Crew welcome Dragon*Con TV‘s Chris ‘Crispy’ Lloyd, who talks about his upcoming involvement in Dragon*Con, and shares with us his latest video, Vaderex. Later we discuss Leo Laporte’s cautionary disenchantment with social media, accusations of rape leveled against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, Intel’s recent purchase of McAfee, reactions to the new Digg version 4, Portal 2’s release date (and cast!), and the most inspired viral marketing stunt since Old Spice on YouTube.
In the eyes of TechCrunch Editor Michael Arrington,Digg’s Biggest Problem Is Its Users And Their Constant Opinions On Things. These opinions are essentially worthless even though they come from people who actually want to use a site like digg and participate in it’s community. His suggestion for how to improve digg is to assume that people will be satisfied with how digg decides you should use their site. End of story.
One group of users Arrington does think digg ought to pay attention to is the “community” of publishers [say, like... I dunno, the folks who run TechCrunch?] with features like automatic article submissions that feature prepackaged headlines, descriptions and categories.
I don’t have to really justify why this is an awful idea or explain why it’s dancing dangerously close to allowing digg to become an unnecessary service that mimics other popular sites (“Twitter for sharing news links”) — , but then again maybe I do: Continue reading →