… the whole blogosphere is an insider's club. How can you tell that? Well, when I got to blogger conferences I see about 70% Macintoshes, but when I fly on airplanes I see only about 5% Macs. That tells me that we're self selecting and different than the general population.
Translation: if we don't get a more diverse set of people doing blogs we'll make mistakes if we only listen to bloggers. It's even worse if you listen to only those types who have the money or the time to go to conferences.
This echoes Don Park:
I hadn’t heard about any first-hand experiences since few people I work with live on Windows. ... The proportion of thought leaders who use IE on Windows is trending to zero.
Given the sharp rise of PowerBooks at conferences are of any indication, I think he is right.
What I wonder though is whether the, so called thought leaders, are leading or simply getting out of touch with the masses? With the Net, the perfect reality warping medium, serving as the social fabric of the thought leaders and new social software enabling them to form tighter groups, what lies ahead? Perhaps a shock many times greater than the one I felt at the end of last presidential election?