David Kirkpatrick over at CNN Money is a bit miffed with Clay Shirky, and goes on to point out that:
- Shirky's missing the point.
- Shirky's indulging in hype-sans-research.
Shirky responds, first-to-comment but does so obliquely, dodging the Kirkpatrick's main points and either ignoring or failing to research the available data. Double-ouch.
Monty Python's black knight comes to mind here, bleeding from stumps but still full of ineffectual fight.
I've got to hand this one to Kirkpatrick. Shirky's response seems to confirm Kirkpatrick's point, and makes Shirky look like he's carrying a specific grudge. He knows that no MMO or virtual world or web-services company can address his first basic question on which he predicates all the rest of his arguments, but he's hammering on just the one company.
How many people (real unique people) have created a gmail account?
How many people (real unique people) have created a World of Warcraft Character?
I don't see him kicking up the same fuss about Blizzard or Google, so ... what's his beef with Linden Lab? He's entered into what looks increasingly like a personal grudge-match with Linden Lab, with reporters and journalists being used as simple cannon fodder.
How many people (real unique people) read Shirky's posts on Valleywag? Answers on a postcard.