Rich Man, Poor Man and the Link in Peril

Steve Gillmor saying that people shouldn’t link to other blogs/web sites is like someone who just won the lottery crying for its abolition on the grounds that it’s not fair to poor people.

I’ve got mine, so let’s cut off the spigot.

Blogging is not about your reputation or your traffic or how much of an A-Lister you are. It’s about conversations about topics of mutual interest. Links are the way you listen to what someone else has to say. Someone who never links out is like the self-important guy at the party who talks, usually about himself, but never listens.

Many of my favorite blogs (Doc Searls and Tom Morris come immediately to mind) regularly lead me to other interesting voices. Why would any right thinking person argue that is bad?