However, the blogswarm metaphor's focus on "buzz power" elides what I think is a more fundamental contribution that bloggers make to public deliberation: the invention of novel arguments.
(7) One additional and, I think, unfortunate connotation of the blogswarm metaphor is the "hive mind," which has been linked to strands of digital utopianism that are probably best avoided.
Blogswarms and press norms: News coverage of the Downing Street memo controversy.
Despite widespread efforts by the commission to gather public input and encourage deliberation over the design, the unveiling of the memorial produced a "blogswarm." The term stems from
Often, the effect of the blogswarm is to catapult a story or news item to the forefront of the national discussion for that day or week.