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There is the consumer perspective of this trend as well:

Now as a content consumer there are some things that can be done:

Though fiddling with these kind of knobs could also have undesirable consequences.

One issue is that you can only follow an author who you are already aware of - otherwise stumbling upon somebody is mostly a matter of luck.

Perhaps an alternate scheme could be to follow audiences (separate from author follows), i.e. have a separate (audience) feed that is populated by articles that are liked/commented by your "audience follows", i.e. commenters who have displayed interests that for whatever reasons are relevant to your own. Hopefully interests could vary enough between most individuals which may lead to more frequent, successful author discoveries.

FYI: I came across this article via It IS possible to get a voice here!

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Mike Talbot

I think this is a very good point. In fact one of my practices is to read articles commented on by yourself (and three or four others) - which I have to do manually of course. This practice of reading articles commented on by those who are very knowledgeable and then following the discussion is certainly where I learn most here and I am often forced to challenge my own beliefs...