Congratulations to Michael Arrington (you know, TechCrunch, yeah?), reaching the Time 100 list of influential people. Heavy stuff for sure, and a blogger on the front if Time Magazine (possibly) is cool, but I’m having a hard time deciding what I think of this. You see, the list is celebs (in the wider sense, not a drunk Britney Spears or a mile high Amy Winehouse) writing about celebs, hidden as inspiration.
Dubbed the Walter Winchell of Silicon Valley and compared by Wired magazine to “a Hollywood agent at a cast party” and to “Tony Soprano—a large man always on the verge of losing his cool,” Arrington is ready to add another rep: cybermogul.
A small box of admiration shared by friends, or a sober list generated outside the parties of The Beautiful People? You be the judge.
Still, I don’t want to take any credit from Michael on this, he’s certainly made an impact and deserves to be on a list like this for sure. So again, congratulations are indeed in order!
Thord Daniel Hedengren is a designer, writer, and blogger, and also the former editor of The Blog Herald. He used to be a hotshot in the gaming industry in Sweden, but sold everything and went International. Most recently he wrote a book called Smashing WordPress: Beyond the Blog, and does loads of kickass design.