The Webby Awards and the great tech hope

Two years ago, while at Portfolio.com, I was moved by my colleague's review of the Webby Awards -- the Oscars for the Internet. She was disappointed that, given the great democratic premise of the web, the ceremony was held on Wall Street. Silicon Valley and web stars alike ditched their t-shirts, sandals and jeans for fancier threads -- sell outs! Capturing her dismay in five words -- the limit for Webby acceptance speeches, she asked, "What happened to the revolution?"

Two years later, Twitter exploded (and that feels like an understatement), turning just about everyone into micro-bloggers, breaking news before Google and CNN, changing the way journalists hunt down leads, improving the way people look for jobs and raising money for urgent causes. Can the internet revolution end? Ever?