It's High School All Over Again
This is something I have been thinking a lot about with respect to the "blogosphere," as well as other forms of social networking: There's a definite clique that forms, prohibiting the input and disallowing for the naivete of newcomers.
I have witnessed blogger attacks that are, frankly, unnecessary. Immediately, I am reminded of the little guy that gets sand kicked in his face, or the whole "star quarterback" mentality.
And while it occurs in the personal realm, too, I have found the need to create a tighter circle amongst professional bloggers even more ferocious. Some "gurus" are treated like Moses coming down from the mountain. Newcomers comments are treated with disdain - "the audacity of trying to infringe on our group!"
It's really silly and limiting. I wish adults would think about the packs they form and allow for some wiggle room. Maybe you or I don't have all the answers. Give someone else a chance to speak, and you'd be surprised how much you'll learn, if not about the topic at hand, than most certainly about yourself.