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Top 20 and other such nonsense

I received two emails today from what I had previously considered to be at least partly important “nodes” in my learning network suggesting that I should promptly go and vote for them in some type of childish “Top 20 Influentials” in the training field. Wow. Insecurities, anyone? Trying to stay relevant? Mark captures this as well: “I’ll tell you what is silly though are the emails that I am getting from people who have been nominated and asking me to go vote for them. Please people..what is this? What’s next buttons? Posters? A series of debates focusing on such topics as “I’m more important that you are” and “No, I am”?” I’ve personally lost significant respect for those involved in soliciting votes…