The convention of influence  APR 03 2009

Somehow I missed this a few weeks ago on Marginal Revolution: Do influential people develop more conventional opinions?

1. People "sell out" to become more influential.

2. As people become more influential, they are less interested in offending their new status quo-oriented friends.

3. As people become more influential, their opinion of the status quo rises, because they see it rewarding them and thus meritorious.

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