Apropos of nothing here’s a link to the Wikipedia entry for Russian-born, French philosopher Alexandre Kojeve. I read Kojeve’s lectures on Hegel back in my college days and one of Kojeve’s main ideas has always stuck with me: the notion that the constitutive feature of what it means to be human is the desire for recognition.
I think the blogosphere is where this is most obvious. What is the blogosphere if not an ornate economy of recognition? More thoughts on this to follow at some point.