Just as last year, I've got a session planned for SxSW 2008. Its title is "In Praise of Elitism", and of course I hope that my readers will vote for me so that I get free entrance to SxSW.
As the title says, I'm going to talk about the role of elitism in the web standards movement; and I'm going to try to convince my audience that elitism is not an Evil Abomination by definition, but simply one of the choices the web development community could make.
After a brief detour to Aristotle's Politika, I'm going to ask: "Is Aristocracy, and not Democracy, the natural state of the web development community?" Back in June, when I wrote my proposal, I was certain that the answer is Yes; but meanwhile I'm doubting my initial certainty.
I started to ponder this question in my The Web development aristocracy and Getting rid of the semi-professionals entries, and I'm going to write some more posts along the same line. While writing these I'll probably change my mind a few more times.
In any case, my fervent hope is to show that Aristocracy/elitism can be a viable solution to, for instance, the semi-professional problem. That doesn't mean that it's the best, but it does mean it should be considered seriously along with other possible solutions.
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