"It is interesting to see how weblogging seems to be stuck somewhere in the middle between being something of a grassroots movement and serious business, with an endless number of intermediate shades of gray.
It's interesting in that it creates financial opportunities for some bloggers who'd never thought about it, but it can also create serious conflict if the business side of weblogs imposes itself (or is imposed) too harshly on a community of unsuspecting, non-business-oriented webloggers.
The question here is not really as to how much Loïc Le Meur is to blame (actually, I don't think he is, as far as I can see he is merely acting like a businessman), but rather how comfortable we feel about the fact that weblogging is turning from a community phenomenon into a business.
But then, they may be forming the community, but they don't own the business. In their perception, however, they were degraded from active citizens to passive customers. They could switch to a new weblogging host, but instead of merely becoming customers of another business, it seems to feel like emigrating from their former home country to some unknown territory (...)."