Open source principle self-consumes Digg?, who ended up with 1% of the total US online market, by letting their readers choose what content floated to the top, has gone out of business because it’s audience of geeks turned on it when it censored one of the most popular choices: a story about hacking into high-definition DVDs.

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty