A NYT editorial points out that if the blogosphere continues to expand at its current rate, every Internet user will soon be a blogger.
The story theme "If small thing continues to expand at its current rate, it will shortly be larger than big thing." has accounted for more dubious headlines than Britney Spears. The current favourite is "China’s per capita GDP" and "America’s per capita GDP", but the line it routinely employed for any new technology or fashion. If they really believe their own gumph, one wonders when journos will start writing stories like "If my 3 month old baby continues to expand at its current rate, she’ll grow up to be taller than King Kong."
I predict that if the number of lazy journalists writing linear extrapolation stories continues to expand at its current rate, we’ll soon be reading about nothing but linear extrapolation.