To paraphrase (and possibly offend) Gloria Steinem, a blog without an award to give away is like a fish without a bicycle. Undaunted by this fact, I've chosen to inaugurate a crowdsourcing award, which will be named the Rheingold, after the pioneering writer and techno-seer Howard Rheingold, who published the book Smart Mobs back when I thought collective intelligence* was an up-and-coming noise band. (Note: I've yet to hear Howard's reaction to this honor, for the excellent reason that hasn't been told he's been given it.) The award will be given intermittently, and according to my whim. The selection of crowdsourcing nominees will not, despite great irony, be crowdsourced.
Late-Breaking! Embargoed until 8 AM August 15! The winner of the Inaugural Rheingold will be awarded this Friday, August 15!
* I never actually thought collective intelligence was the name of a band. To my great delight, the panopticon informs me that a music label named Collective Intelligence does in fact exist. It may or may not be devoted to promoting bands within the noise genre. I choose to believe it does.